Review: Billie Eilish at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, April 30, 2019

Onstage in Sydney last night, as part of her debut global headline tour, Billie Eilish’s sold out show couldn’t be more far removed from her last performance in this city.

When the now 17-year-old took the stage at Laneway Festival in 2018, the groundswell that was building off the back of ‘Bellyache’ was palpable. She was a festival highlight and bossed her way through technical difficulties, but she was still forming her onstage presence.

Last night at Hordern Pavilion, as parental guardians braced themselves and fans rushed the front barrier wearing as much merch as they could layer, Billie Eilish injected us with choreographed chaos. If it had a colour and consistency it would look just like the thick blue liquid she poured from her eyes in the ‘when the party’s over’ video.

Following the release of her ARIA #1 debut LP When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, her Australian tour will be an annual live music highlight – and yes, we know it’s only May.

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Eilish may have slowly built up tension in the crowd with her backdrop animations – a sea of phones filming the hint into her creative genius – but when she made her entrance with ‘bad guy’ she was a whip of kicking legs, baggy sleeves and bouncing pigtails. She was perfect.