The first act to grace the stage was the Daniel Merriweather and his band. An Australian rhythm and blues guitarist/vocalist. His voice shared a striking resemblance to John Mayer after a week following Vince Neil’s diet of whiskey and cigarettes, but his somewhat somber tunes seemed to be making the crowd restless and losing his attention. As more punters shuffled their way closer to the stage, Merriweather’s songs lifted in tempo shifting the vibe of the room upward (one track “Change” I recall hearing previously) began to rouse the crowd back up in preparation for what was to follow.
The lights dimmed, three large screens lowered behind the stage and after a short and highly anxious wait Kimbra’s 6-piece band, comprising of two male vocalists in rainbow-hooded ponchos, a guitarist, bassist, keyboardist and a drummer with a haircut capable of prompting furious jealousy from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air took the stage. They launched straight into a high-energy funky instrumental intro that got their feet planted firmly on the Enmore’s twisting floorboards.
Once everyone had time to absorb the brightly coloured psychedelic visuals dancing on the screens, Kimbra burst onto the stage. Her outfit, mirroring a giant balloon, follows her as she effortlessly bounces around the stage displaying the charisma she is famously known for. My eyes are instantly transfixed on her. She shows youthful exuberance and outrageous energy as she sings and dances as though no one is watching.
At times the band took the spot light with jaw dropping jams and solos that had the crowd bouncing up and down as though the floorboards were floating on a giant air cushion, but for the most part all eyes and ears where on Kimbra and her powerful, hypnotic voice.
Stand out tracks were “Settle Down”, which began with Kimbra flawlessly looping her soaring vocals to create an amazing polyrhythm with harmonies. And “Warrior”, a collaboration with DJ-Producer A Track and Foster The People’s Mark Foster. The radio version appears more indie-pop with an electro feeling, somewhat different to most of Kimbra’s repertoire, but the band nails it with a much rockier and edgier energetic version sending the crowd into rambunctious applause.
Halfway through an ever-entertaining set, the band take a brief respite to showcase their talents, this allows Kimbra to slip backstage for a costume change. Now dressed as though she was akin to a rose bud in a striking red dress, they rip right into “Cameo Lover” and “Two Way Street”.
The show had everything necessary to compliment Kimbra’s on stage energy, exciting lights and visuals, excellent showmanship and even confetti cannons! Kimbra’s performance knocked me off my feet and left me wanting more.