– by Leah Vlatko
Angus & Julia Stone, Wednesday 4 February, Kings Park and Botanical Gardens
Supported by: Jarryd James, Little May, Cloud Control
The moonlit skies of a warm Wednesday night welcomed dreamy brother/sister folk duo Angus & Julia Stone to our little city of Perth yet again. Kings Park and Botanical Gardens was packed with quaint picnics, well-groomed beards, and long flowing skirts, as concert-goers settled in for a chill evening of wonderful music.
Support acts Jarryd James, Little May, and Cloud Control warmed up the crowd, setting a laidback tone for an incredible evening. Cloud Control were a highlight, looking adorable in their cute-as-folk outfits (think cloud dresses, long hair, and wide brim hats), and absolutely nailing their hit ‘Gold Canary’.
Angus & Julia Stone met the audience alongside their regular crew of excellent musicians, bearded hat-wearers seasoned with a passion for sound and energy for music. The siblings and their band connected with the crowd, cruising alongside them through a night of new and old favourites. Their act pleased everyone from the relaxed picnic-ers snacking on fine cheese, to the keen groovers who stood up at the fence to dance enthusiastically. Highlight of the set was the rendition of ‘Paper Aeroplane’, a hit from the very dawn of their musical careers, and one which they shared with us live for the first time in nearly four years. Also utterly perfect was the tragically beautiful ‘You’re the One that I Want’ from Grease, a musical which Julia said deeply affected her as a child. Juxtaposing spookily quiet croons with terrifyingly spectacular screams, the sister half of this act showed off the full range of her vocal talent to a deeply appreciative audience. The chill vibes continued for the entirety of their set, and we were constantly reminded of just how outstandingly talented these artists were.
Appeasing the crowd’s begs for an encore, Angus and Julia returned the stage alongside all their support acts, artists whom they expressed their appreciation of. ‘We’ve always been huge fans of Cloud Control so for them to come on this tour with us is incredible,’ said Julia. The super-group powered through a cover of Little Red‘s ‘Rock it’, hitting every note with enthusiasm and strength. This is definitely a thing that should happen at every gig. Super-group with all the bands? Can you imagine the stage that would be needed at Splendour in the Grass? Anyway, it was incredible. Even more delightful, however, was the moment when everyone left the siblings alone together on stage. In a classic stripped-back moment that regular Angus & Julia Stone concert attenders have come to expect, the pair played a haunting version of their song ‘Santa Monica Dream’, complete with a backdrop of simulated starry lights and real stars of the incredibly clear night sky.
Read our interview with Julia Stone here
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Photo Credit: Chris Kerr