LIVE REVIEW: Leon – The Zoo

Sweden keeps on delivering us pop music that is worth getting excited about. From the emotional layering of her songs to her soulful vocal delivery, Léon is an artist that is starting to make quite a name for herself. 

Following the release of her debut self titled album, she has headed to Australia for a string of headline shows that also marks her first time down under. With an excited Brisbane crowd of avid pop fans making their way into The Zoo on a Wednesday night, they were treated to a show full of slick pop realness and genuine heartfelt emotion. 

With her tight band segueing her introduction, Léon made her way onto the stage for the dramatic and soulful show opener ‘Lost Time’. 

“It’s my first time here, we are going to have a fucking blast” she exclaimed as she acquainted herself with the crowd before rolling into ‘Nobody Cares’ and the playful ‘Baby Don’t Talk’. Taking a moment to take her shoes off, she clearly felt immediately comfortable with the foreign crowd as they sung every word back to her and applauded her every word. 

Feeling a little overwhelmed by the genuine support the crowd was giving her, she continued showcasing songs from her album like ‘Falling’, ‘Better In The Dark’ and ‘Hope Is A Heartache’ with a massive smile on her face.

Noting that it has taken a little while for her to come down under she also made a conscious effort to play songs from her early EP’s like ‘Body’, ‘I Believe in Us’ and ‘Think About You’. Experimenting with the live arrangements, for ‘Body’ she mashed it up with Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ which was unsurprisingly a very dreamy moment in the set. 

The candid ‘Cruel To Care’ saw her sitting down on a stool while she complained about how sweaty she was getting and apologised for any sweat marks that the members in the front row may have full view of. Her in-between song banter was really entertaining as she interacted with the crowd a lot and cautiously explained songs by saying things like “I wrote a song about a guy and he’s a piece of shit”. 

The glittery vibe of ‘Treasure’ and ‘For You’ melded together in their sonical medley as they rolled into each other and instantly became a highlight. While ‘You And I’ was also undoubtedly another favourite in her live set with the pulsating synth driving the energy in the room.

“I’m having so much fun my tits are hanging out” she confessed as she started to thank the crowd for a very memorable night of singalong’s and reflective emotions. Closing the show with ‘Tired Of Talking’ and ‘Surround Me’, she left the crowd on a euphoric high. 

Her energy feels like a cross between Maggie Rogers and Sigrid with her genuine heart and her carefree vibe that immediately has you transfixed. And the live show she delivered was such so organic and ultimately special. You couldn’t help but feel so connected to her and the songs, whether you knew them really well or were just discovering them. 

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