Already breaking personal goals early on in her career, Hope D has a huge (and exciting) 2021 ahead. Off the back of coming in at number 69 in the Triple J Hottest 100, she has dropped her highly anticipated debut EP ‘Cash Only’ and is hitting the road for some massive celebratory shows. With restrictions beginning to ease across the country, she kicked off a mostly sold out tour with three shows at The Triffid in her hometown of Brisbane.
With ‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears blasting through the PA system, she made her way onto the stage for an acoustic rendition of recent single ‘Miscommunicate’. With her band joining her halfway through the song, they ignited into the full production version and kept the energy high for the rest of the night.
“This is a sick, sick crowd” Hope professed to the screaming crowd who were already singing along word for word. “These are all songs I wrote at my desk in grade 12, so it’s so cool seeing so many people singing along to them” she added after performing ‘Life Sentence’.
With only one EP currently out in the world, the setlist was filled out with unreleased songs that she hopes to release very soon including ‘Emerald’, ‘Cyclone’ (which her and her band played Badminton onstage to at the start of the song) and ‘Senseless’. But one song that particularly stood out was a song she recently wrote with G Flip called ‘Happy Hangover’. It’s a future banger that could possibly be featured in a Hottest 100 next year.
Singles ‘Common Denominator’, ‘Addict’, and ‘Swim’ unsurprisingly received some huge singalong’s while the crowd also ecstatically jumped up and down. She closed the show with an acoustic performance of ‘Outro’ which saw her and the band leaving the stage, but an encore had to happen because one little song was still waiting to have its moment. Returning for ‘Second’, she finally said good night to the crowd and left them wishing the show wasn’t over and wanting to relive it all over again.
Hope D knows how to put on an energetic and fun show. With a quickly growing discography full of big singalong moments, her live set is really thickening and taking shape beautifully. It would be cool to see her doing an acoustic moment halfway through the show where she plays a surprise cover of one of her YouTube covers, but she has really thought about the structure and flow as a full 50 min show.
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‘Cash Only’ Australian Tour
Thursday 18 March – The Workers Club, Melbourne – Early Show *SOLD OUT*
Thursday 18 March – The Workers Club, Melbourne – Late Show
Friday 19 March – The Workers Club, Melbourne – Early Show *SOLD OUT*
Friday 19 March – The Workers Club, Melbourne – Late Show *SOLD OUT*
Saturday 20 March – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide – Early Show *SOLD OUT*
Saturday 20 March – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide – Late Show *SOLD OUT*
Sunday 21 March – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide
Thursday 25 March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – Early Show
Thursday 25 March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – Late Show
Friday 26 March – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle – Early Show *SOLD OUT*
Friday 26 March – The Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle – Late Show *SOLD OUT*
Saturday 27 March – Waywards, Sydney – Early Show *SOLD OUT*
Saturday 27 March – Waywards, Sydney – Late Show *SOLD OUT*
Sunday 28 March – La La La’s, Wollongong – Early Show *SOLD OUT*
Sunday 28 March – La La La’s, Wollongong – Late Show *SOLD OUT*