From the moment the ethereal Sarah Blasko walked out from behind the curtain and took the stage – in her quirky 16th century inspired frilled sleeved dress – the crowd went silent, eager to hear her kick off what would be her most intimate show to date.
Opening the show with an a capella rendition of Down On Love, Blasko’s voice soared through the room and immediately sparked a fire in our bellies. The 40-year-old cut a lone figure on stage, rotating between playing her piano under a single smokey spotlight and her synth machine for most of the set. “I know this is the soloist tour, but I wanted to create the illusion that there was more than one person on stage” she joked.
Her multi-instrumental skills didn’t stop there; inviting the crowd further into her world, continuing to wow the audience on her guitar and later her ukulele performing deep-seated renditions of her hits Is My Baby Yours and Bury This – reminding us just how much talent she possesses. As the delightful singer swayed her hips and covered her eyes, a large silhouette stretching from the floor to the roof behind her mimicked every move.
As the show approached its end, Blasko bowed and said her goodbyes, as she exited off stage the entire venue shook from the howls for an encore; we wanted more, and that’s exactly what we got. Before long the songstress emerged again to grace us with a little more of those chilling husky vocals in a three-song encore, including her cover of Flame Trees by the iconic Cold Chisel.
Being a soloist tour, Blasko emphasised intimacy – her set was beautiful and raw, allowing the audience to connect on a deeper level to each aspect of her emotional and musical spectrum. She also gave us a little taste of two brand new songs; a hint we could be getting some new tunes from this one sooner rather than later.