With every tour, Holy Holy continue to convince us why they are one of Australia’s best live acts. With their stage presence and polished production growing and evolving as they upgrade to bigger stages and venues across the country, their ‘Hello My Beautiful World Tour’ is their most impressive run yet.
Selling out the Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane, the band took the stage saturated in arena-grade lasers for opening song ‘Believe Anything’. As the song finished, lead vocalist Timothy Carroll walked to the side of the stage and picked up a bottle of wine which he continued to drink throughout the show straight from the bottle in true rock star fashion. “Brisbane, it’s so good to be back with you. We’ve missed you, but, we are together again” he proclaimed to the excited crowd who cheered him and the rest of the band on. ‘How You Been’, ‘Maybe You Know’, ‘Faces’, ‘Flight’, and ‘Sandra’ made early appearances which encouraged the festival infused emotion that breathed through their cathartic and euphoric set. ‘Frida’ is going to be a song that gives me goosebumps every time I hear it, especially when I see it live, it just echoes the importance of every word Carroll sings, and during this particular show it felt even more connected with the audience.
New songs I.C.U.’ and ‘The Afterglow’ got their respected spotlighted moments with their “coda” versions from the album extending their magical representation. While their covers of Empire Of The Sun’s ‘Walking On A Dream’ and Lorde’s ‘Green Light’ showcased their ability to transform well established songs into the Holy Holy world. But if we are going to talk to about any song that manages to just transport you to a whole new place in the live realm, then it is the anthemic ‘Port Rd’ which they were joined on stage by Queen P for the last time on this tour.
Closing out the show with ‘True Lovers’, they reached peak festival level mania with people on each other’s shoulders for one final singalong. With Clews and Queen P joining them on stage throughout the show, they brought together this collective of musicians and celebrated the power of music during a time where we all need some escapism.
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Holy Holy Australian Tour
Thursday 26 May – Torquay Hotel, Torquay
Friday 27 May – Pier Hotel, Frankston
Saturday 28 May – Forum, Melbourne
Thursday 2 June – UC Refectory, Canberra
Friday 3 June – UniBar, Wollongong
Saturday 4 June – Civic Theatre, Newcastle