On a night sure to be filled with nostalgia a near sold out crowd packed the Tivoli early for Killing Heidi. On their first headline tour of Australia since April 2007 the anticipation was in the air.
Opening the show was 4-piece indie rock band Eliza & The Delusionals, fronted by the colourful frontwoman Eliza Klatt. They’ve only been a band for two years but they sure gave the audience a great answer to how to open a rock show.
Described by some as pop rock to lighten your day, they played their well known singles ‘Salt’, and their debut single ‘The Ground.’
Iluka, who describes herself as retro pop meets gospel soul, graced the stage next. Giving off vibes of a very Lanie Lane/Katie Steele sound, she proved why she is not only one of Australia’s best up and coming musicians but a star waiting to happen.
Her EP ‘Blue My Soul’ is something of a local masterpiece, playing tracks from that for the Brisbane crowd. Sending waves of positivity and female power through not just the venue but through the music industry itself, she made the stage her own and had the connection from start to finish with the crowd.
Killing Heidi have always been a big part of Australian music, whether it was through their mega singles, their albums Present and Reflector, or Ella’s solo music.
The room was full of people super stoked to relive their youth.
Opening with “Calm Down”, one of their singles, Killing Heidi showed that they were back with force. Ella’s voice had never sounded better and the energy on the stage between the band showed that they have not lost a step on what they had years ago.
With hits like ‘I Am’, ‘Weir’, ‘Want Everything’ (by The Verses), and even an Ella Hooper solo track ‘Monkey Mind’, the crowd didn’t stop singing along. What Killing Heidi gave to the Tivoli the crowd gave back even louder.
Closing with ‘Superman/Supergirl’, it was the end to the first of many more headline tours left to come in Killing Heidi’s career. Ella sounds the best she ever has and carries herself with the confidence for a life lived on her own terms.
I am sure we will see more Killing Heidi shows in the very near future as they are nowhere near done!
Outside of Me
Want Everything (The Verses cover)
Monkey Mind (Ella Hooper song)
Live Without It
Leave Me Alone