LIVE REVIEW: Dami Im – The Triffid

Following the release of her empowering and anthemic new single ‘Paper Dragon’, Dami Im is hitting the road for an intimate Queensland Tour full of Covid-safe shows. Kicking off the run of dates in her hometown of Brisbane at The Triffid, this show marked the second time that she had performed in the venue during the pandemic. With the first time being for the venue’s ‘Cabin Fever Festival’, this show had an extra special aura surrounding it because of the new single. 

With a two piece band in tow, they took to the stage to open the show with the mega hits ‘Gladiator’, ‘Super Love’ and ‘Smile’. With a lot of energy and pure euphoria seeping through the delivery of the songs, the audience instantly started clapping and singing along. Im took a moment to thank the crowd for coming out to support her as she sat down at the piano and performed a stripped down version of fan favourite ‘Moment Just Like This’, followed by singles ‘Marching On’, ‘I Hear A Song’ and ‘Fighting For Love’. 

In-between the songs, she revelled in the intimate setting and took the time to tell the crowd candid anecdotes about the songs she was performing. Before ‘Speak Up’, which was another fan favourite from her album ‘Heart Beats’, she explained how the song was inspired about moving to Australia at a young age and not knowing much English so she forced herself to learn more. She wanted to feel more confident, so she stopped staying quiet and giggling when she didn’t know what else to say, and inevitably found her voice. 

Taking time to pay homage to her time on The X Factor, she performed renditions of her show stopping version of Mariah Carey’s ‘Hero’, Purple Rain by Prince which she auditioned with, as well as her winners single ‘Alive’. Closing the show with her new single ‘Paper Dragon’, the crowd were excitedly singing along while hearing it live for the first time. Before walking off stage, she asked the crowd if they wanted one more, and they obviously said yes, after all, she hadn’t performed her Eurovision hit ‘Sound Of Silence’ yet. So once she performed that epic finale, they walked away happy and in awe of the intimate show they just witnessed. 

Her raw talent had the audience, and this reviewer, in absolute awe the whole night. Her in-between song banter was hilarious, her powerhouse vocals are ridiculous, and hearing her effortlessly hit those high notes is an experience in itself. 

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Photos By Tam Schilling

Dami Im Australian Tour 

Friday 9 October – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns 

Saturday 17 October – HOTA, Gold Coast

Sunday 18 October – Solbar, Sunshine Coast