Over the past couple of years one of the most asked touring questions in the Australian pop scene was surrounding when Carly Rae Jepsen would finally make it down under for some long awaited debut shows.
It took a festival called Sandtunes to finally book her, and while the Gold Coast based festival was cancelled only weeks out, the pop goddess still made it down under for some exclusive headline shows.
With a near capacity crowd packing into the Enmore Theatre in Sydney, the electric energy was buzzing as the lights went down and the piercing screams erupted. With the saxophone crooning the opening bars of ‘Run Away With Me’, Jepsen appeared at the top of the stage in a frilly purple dress and a giant smile of pure disbelief on her face.
After directly segueing into ‘E·MO·TION’ and ‘No Drug Like Me’ she took a moment to welcome the excited crowd to the Dedicated Tour and was met with ecstatic screaming that left her standing in shock and awe for a whole minute.
The simple but effective stage set up saw a polished white staircase and platforms centred around the stage which illuminated with colours thanks to LED panels, a shiny silver curtain as the 80’s inspired backdrop and a big disco ball hanging from the roof for aesthetic goals.
The show had a very nostalgic and kitschy feel to it as she performed the breakthrough hit ‘Call Me Maybe’ and the 80’s reminiscent ‘Now That I Found You’, ‘Gimmie Love’ and ‘Feels Right’.
Halfway through performing ‘Julien’ she candidly added “I have to put a disclaimer out there; Julien I have no real feelings for you anymore. But you have a very musical name” she giggled.
Jepsen knows her audience really well and treated them to some special little golden nuggets throughout her set. In particular she played the fan favourites ‘Fever’, ‘Cry’ and ‘Store’ from her ‘E·MO·TION Side B’ EP which left her hardcore fans feeling even more ecstatic.
While for new album favourite ’Too Much’, her band surprised her by putting on blonde wigs which she had a little giggle over before trying to compose herself for the rest of the song.
As the set 75 minute set drew to an end she turned up the notch on the singalong’s with ‘I Really Like You’ ‘Boy Problems’, ‘Party For One’ and ‘Let’s Get Lost’. With confetti filling the air during ‘Cut To The Feeling’ she left the crowd on a genuine high as they tried to process the fact that they had actually just witness Carly Rae Jesus. (See what I did there?)
The polished pop show flowed seamlessly as she ran across the stage and interacted with the passionate crowd, who some had been waiting eight years to finally see live.
From her humble interactions to her flowing stories and strong live vocals, she honestly delivered a very impressive pop show that I know I’m not going to stop thinking about for a long time.
Carly Rae Jepsen will play the Forum in Melbourne on Monday 2nd December before going to New Zealand to play a show at the Town Hall in Auckland on Wednesday 4 December.