Kicking off his first ever headlining Australian tour, fellow Brisbanite, Conrad Sewell, gave a short-but-sweet sold-out show at the Brisbane Festival's Spiegeltent.
Sewell began making waves in the Australian music scene when he featured on Kygo's tropical house track, Firestone. The Norwegian producer's song went platinum in Australia, gaining Sewell valuable recognition amongst many commercial artists. Moving away from composing for pop artists such as James Durbin, Adam Lambert and Kylie Minogue, he was picked up by major US record label, 300 Entertainment, and was hand-selected to tour Australia with Ed Sheeran in early 2015.
Uniquely, the show featured no support act, plunging the audience instantly into the main course of the night. Sewell's one-hour set featured his hit tracks Hold Me Up and Start Again, as well as Kygo's Firestone. The crowd also got an exclusive preview of his upcoming EP that is set to be released later this year, including his next single, Shadow, and a song he wrote just last week called Who You Lovin?
His poppy tunes draw from the influences of Michael Jackson, Queen and The Police, infused with a little Pharrell funk. It is safe to say that his songs got the fans grooving. However, his act was not well suited for the intimate venue. Coming off the back of an arena tour, his stage presence has evolved to encompass a larger audience, making his spectacle seem out of place in the dim and cosy setting.
Regardless, he was still successful in producing a personal performance that made each member of the audience feel like his friend. With local Brisbane banter and references - he was a Laurie's graduate - Sewell established that his hometown show was like no other. It's a nice sentiment for Brisbane to know that no matter how big he'll become, he'll always want to come back to his roots.
Conrad Sewell is an excellent performer with incredible talent and songwriting abilities. If you missed him now, you'll be pleased to know that he is returning shortly to open for the internationally renowned act, Maroon 5, later this month. His hard yards flogging it out in America and the UK have been well worth it, for his rising success is not stopping any time soon. Our advice - get his autograph now, before he's surrounded by a wall of entourage.
See Conrad Sewell at The Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Tickets at www.ticketek.com.au