With the ongoing touring restrictions in place, Brisbane’s music and arts scene has really been deeply impacted. So when we get a chance to head along to live music it’s been such a wholesome and soul reviving moment. It’s genuinely just really nice to stand inside a concert venue along with like-minded people and scream out relatable lyrics, jump up and down with your friends, and drink too much of something you’ll regret in the morning. And Hope D’s recent headline show at The Tivoli wasn’t just a career highlight for her, but it was also a little reminder of the euphoria 2022 is going to bring once borders open up and touring resumes.
After walking onto the stage and taking a moment to acknowledge the traditional owners of land, Hope D kicked into an hour set of high energy, big singalongs and exciting unreleased material. Opening with ‘Miscommunicate’, she immediately had the crowd onside and ready to singalong to ‘Cash Only’ EP favourites ‘Common Denominator’, ‘Addict’ and ‘Swim’. But there were a bunch of new tracks that she wanted to test out for her forthcoming debut album. ‘I Hate Goodbyes’ and ‘Senseless’ were the most impressive of the new tracks, with ‘Cyclone’ also worthy of a notable mention.
As she crept closer to the end of her set, she ended on a high with triple j hottest 100 placer ‘Second’, and recent single ‘Happy Hangover’ which was the whole reason this show was put on. Hope was visibly quite nervous at the beginning of the show as The Tivoli is an iconic Brisbane venue and a bucket list item for a lot of local artists. But she is a professional and oozed into the set with confidence, and had strong banter and moments with the crowd that added to the high energy behind the music.
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