Photos by Anna Beatson
On Saturday night the place you’d want to be was Hordern Pavilion. Performing his ‘Starry Night Over The Phone’ 2019 Nationwide Tour, Allday smashed out yet another banging show promoting the new album release.
I was able to make the Brisbane born singer/rapper Mallrat’s set at 8.30pm. With the crowd hyped up from the previous acts, JXN and E^ST, Mallrat was a force to be reckoned with as I pushed through to the front to catch a better look. It was my first time seeing Mallrat live, she’s a natural-born performer, and I was lucky enough to hear her new EP released this August called ‘Charlie’, who she performed with Tyne-James Organ. With the vibe being so magnetic, you’d think Mallrat was the headlining act. She then continued to grace us with hits from her successful ‘In the Sky’ album and completely threw me off guard with the energy she brought playing ‘Groceries’ and ‘Better’. With how hyped the crowd was, I could’ve sworn I was at a heavy metal concert, you could really feel the emotion. But just as I thought it was over, a roar built up in the crowd as the intro of her 2016 EP ‘Uninvited’ boomed through the venue including her set.
Warming us up around 9.30, the Sydney hip hop artist had some unreal visuals of the iconic and timeless Nokia flip phones and dearly missed antenna cell phones-which seemed to tie in with the title of his ‘Starry Night over the Phone’ album title. I felt the crowd’s mood change as Allday made his appearance onto the stage. Now let me make this clear–you won’t hear me say this often, but damn that man can rock a suit with unforgivable steeze! Kicking the set off with his newer release ‘Wonderdrug’, the crowd sang word for word as if it was an older fan favourite, honestly, the energy was unforgettable! Being a die-hard Allday fan myself, I instantly picked up the next track ‘Claude Monet’, a favourite of mine back in 2013. It was a trance of devoted supporters feeling every beat and screaming every word, and for someone who hasn’t caught a concert of his for a long time, I could tell the vibe was exactly the same, if not better than what I remember. Supporting him and joining in with the band was producer/songwriter Japanese Wallpaper, where they performed the well-known ‘In Motion’ and ‘Don’t Wanna Push You Away’ that they collaborated on together. Throughout the set, the dynamic duo Allday and Mallrat performed their singles ‘UFO’,‘Baby Spiders’ and other hits that they feature together. With his newer releases from the album including ‘Protection’,‘What do you Think?’ and ‘Lungs’ versus his best blasts from the pasts containing ‘Girl in the Sun’, ‘Always Know The DJ’ and ‘Right Now’, there was no telling the difference with the crowd’s enthusiasm-this man knows how to own a stage! If I had to choose three words to describe the show, they would have to be…what a night! It was an incredible night to launch the new album, and a beautiful performance to give back to his fans. Thank you Allday, you’ve got me hooked…again.