The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria. 24th April 2017
Sydney-based singer-songwriter, VERA BLUE, is powering up the popularity charts in Australia. Last night she played to an adoring, sold-out crowd at The Corner Hotel in Melbourne. Introducing songs from her up-coming debut album, VERA BLUE held the crowd in the palm of her hand. As if captivated by a spell, they hung onto every word, gazed adoringly into her eyes and sang along with the songs they knew.
Having collaborated with the likes of Flume, Illy, Nick Littlemore and Slumberjacks, she is one of the fastest growing electronic folk artists in the country. At just 22 years of age, she is an amazing role model for all aspiring female musicians. She collaborated with Illy on his new single “Papercuts’, which has already gone Platinum. This was a collaboration that benefited both musicians big time, putting VERA BLUE in the limelight and giving Illy’s hip-hop sound a wonderful female vocal backing.
With a voice that moves from lilting to powerhouse in nano-seconds, VERA BLUE commands the stage, both in presence and sound. Her long flowing hair is bewitching and her movement on stage emphasises the energy of her songs.
Her new single ‘Private’ was written around a year ago. Vera revealed on triple J radio recently that the song is about "that fantasy of wanting someone you can't have… I find that's something everyone can relate to. There's that frustration from not being able to have something whether you fall for a friend or a celebrity..." She introduced this song half way through her set last night, along with songs from her previously released EP ‘Fingertips’. She finished the night with ‘Hold’, a well-known crowd favourite.
I was also very keen to get to this show because one of the newer bands I follow was on the bill. Sydney’s electronica band, PLGRMS opened the evening, introducing their new single 'Dream You Up'. I discovered them late last year and have been keen to see them again ever since. Look out for this band. The other support band was Sydney-based MAMMALS. I’d not seen them before, but enjoyed their vibrant performance and a taste of their new indie/electronica/folk music.