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Passenger + The Paper Kites @ Riverstage 20/01/17 (Live Review)

Written by Rohan Osborne

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For a sweaty warm Friday night in Brisbane, Riverstage was swimming with eager fans ready to hear and see the spectacular Passenger. As someone who usually frequents gigs of the heavier side it’s always a welcome change when I get to see great mainstream artists such as The Paper Kites and Passenger, tonight was no exception.

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Passenger

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The air had this electric almost tense energy to it whilst waiting for The Paper Kites to grace the stage. As soon as they set foot on stage it was clear why this band had been chosen to support Passenger on this run of shows. At first I was skeptical of The Paper Kites limited crowd interaction but well placed jokes and sly commentary between beautiful songs set my qualms at ease. Playing songs from all across their discography, even throwing in a Bruce Springsteen cover, the band had the crowd in their palm from start to finish.

Each song was welcomed by cheering and rounded out with wholehearted applause. And although most of the crowd had been sitting when I walked into the venue by the end of the support acts performance the entire bottom half of the crowd was up and grooving, security included!

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The Paper Kites

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As the lights dimmed on the massive river side venue, the warm wind blew through the trees you could have heard a pin drop. As soon as Passenger walked on stage you almost couldn’t hear yourself think next to the volume of cheers from loving fans. Opening the night with jokes and classic tunes, it was clear that Passenger knew how to get his audience involved. From commenting on how hot it was to sharing stories of the reason behind some of his songwriting the entire audience was captivated from the word go.

“This is probably the hottest any British person has ever been.”

Making light of the fact that in a recent interview in New Zealand he was asked what it was like to write Let It Go sadly he had to inform the interviewer that although he would have loved to have written the smash hit from Frozen, his beloved and well-known song is actually called, Let Her Go.

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Passenger

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Finishing the night with songs from across his career, the crowd didn’t miss a beat singing along intently to them all. Passenger explained songs for the crowd ranging from heartfelt backstories to “Don’t get me wrong, breakfast is an amazing meal”, the crowd was laughing almost as much as they were singing and crying.

 

It was a truly special evening and I can’t recommend going to see Passenger enough, even if he’s not your cup of tea. His unique voice and charismatic charm will captivate even the most hardened EDM fans.

“I fucking love you Brisbane!” and we love you too.

 


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Rohan Osborne

January 23rd, 2017

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