SIX60 are one of the biggest acts in New Zealand period. They are the first local act to have ever sold out a stadium and play to 50,000 people which is a massive feat. And next year they will be doing it again on their biggest NZ tour to date. But before they return home for these milestone shows, they have kicked off their world tour in Europe before heading down under to Australia for some exciting sold out shows.
With the unprecedented demand for their shows, what started as a small run of intimate re-acquainting shows to celebrate their new album turned into a massive sold out affair. The band added shows to meet demand and even added a Brisbane show after fans petitioned for them to play in the city again after leaving them off the initial announcement. So here they are. Sold out status at Eatons Hill Hotel and the crowd couldn’t have been more excited.
With an appropriately punny countdown starting at 6:60, once the timer hit 0 the crowd broke into huge screams as the SIX60 boys ran onto the stage. Starting the show by standing in front of their LED screen, they created a massive silhouette together before breaking into anthemic opener ‘Never Enough’.
Guaranteeing the singalong’s were going to be loud throughout the night, they made sure they immediately gave fans songs like ‘Please Don’t Go’, ‘Vibes’ and ‘Special’ to kickstart the energy flow, and it didn’t stop from there.
With the energetic and ecstatic crowd jumping up and down and singing along to every word, the packed venue turned steamy very quickly from the mere mass of the sweaty crowd. But no one cared because they were all whole heartedly enjoying themselves.
With the crowd roaring with excitement when each song played it felt like each song they played was everyone’s “favourite” which felt very wholesome. And that’s a great way to describe the show because it felt really inviting, welcoming, accepting and wholesome within it’s core.
With the energy of ‘Only To Be’, ‘Ghosts’ and ‘Rivers’ continuing to pulsate through the crowd, they stripped it down for a moment while Matiu Walters performed an acoustic version of their Drax Project collaboration ‘Catching Feelings’.
Turning the energy back up, they had everyone dancing along to the vibey ‘Long Gone’, ‘Raining’ ‘White Lines’, ‘Closer’, ‘Sundown’ and ‘Forever’.
After saying goodnight to the crowd they returned one last time to perform ‘The Greatest’ which felt like a perfect way to close the show.
The atmosphere they create through their live show is so powerful, pure and strong. Their energy also reminded me of Imagine Dragons with the way they captivated the crowd and really made use of their stage time.
Opening the show was fellow Kiwi rising star Mitch James. Following a lot of radio success here in Australia and New Zealand with ‘Bright Blue Skies’ and ’21’ from his debut self titled album, the crowd were immediately on-side and excited to see what he had in store for them.
Starting off strong with ‘Move On’ he didn’t hold back from immediately getting the singalong’s and slight grooving along started with ‘All The Ways To Say Goodbye’, ’21’ and ‘Bright Blue Skies’ following suit.
With a lot of f-bombs being dropped in between tracks, you could tell that he was very excited to be on stage and playing to a Brisbane crowd again after opening for Conrad Sewell in September 2018.
It has been a year since Mitch James released his debut album, so it’s about time we get some new music injected into our lives, and he’s ready to do just that. With his new single ‘Sunday Morning’ out in the world and his sophomore record slated for a 2020 release, he slid a sneaky unreleased song into his set which was coincidentally a collaboration with SIX60. The stripped back song heard him playing acoustic guitar by himself, but the rest of his set was electrified with a live band which helped him create those anthemic moments.
Closing his brief set with ‘Old News’ and ‘Sunday Morning’, he left the crowd feeling well acquainted with him and genuinely wanting to hear more. So hopefully Australian audience will get to see him again soon because the boy is a natural and engaging performer.
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