LIVE REVIEW: The Wombats – Riverstage

At this stage The Wombats are honorary Australians. I won’t take any arguments for this case as their fanfare every time they return to Australia is nothing short of extraordinary. It’s been a while in-between visits thanks to the global pandemic which hit pause on touring, but we are back in venues singing along together, and The Wombats are back in Australia bringing us joyous singalongs. Nature is healing. 

Closing out their long-awaited “homecoming” shows in Brisbane with a euphoric outdoor show at the Riverstage, The Wombats came in hot with an indie-rock masterclass. Celebrating the release of their fifth studio album ‘Fix Yourself, Not The World’, the setlist covered all the fan favourites from the record as well as a nod to their previous four records with songs that have soundtracked so many important moments in their fans’ lives.

Opening with ‘Flip Me Upside Down’ and ‘This Car Drives All By Itself’, they steered straight into ‘Moving To New York’, ‘Cheetah Tongue’ and ‘Techno Fan’. For ‘Pink Lemonade’ streamers were propelled into the crowd, and along with an incredible lighting rig, the theatrics kept on coming throughout the show. A rainfall of pyrotechnics erupted during ‘Greek Tragedy’ while people in wombat suits invaded the stage during ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’, and confetti filled the air during ‘Turn’. It really was A SHOW.

Lead singer Matthew Murphy humbly interacted with the packed crowd throughout the set, and kept the energy high with his vivid stage presence. ‘Kill The Director’, ‘Emoticons’, ‘Lemon To A Knife Fight’, and ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves) were highlights that were sprinkled throughout the set, but ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’ feels like an new anthem that is never going to leave their live set now.

Joining them on their Australian tour was the exciting UK breakout star Alfie Templeman who made his down-under debut, as well as the incredibly talented Jaguar Jonze who is currently celebrating the release of her debut album ‘BUNNY MODE’. But for the special outdoor Brisbane show, they were also joined by The Vanns, and with this trio of supports the show was transported into festival territory.

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Photos by Zennieshia Butts