Live Review: Yungblud at The Factory, Sydney, February 14, 2019
There’s something electric in the air whenever you enter a Yungblud show. As an artist, he’s a frantic whirlwind of non-stop energy, so it’s no surprise his audience are just as vibrant and excitable: getting there early to ensure they can be as close as possible to the barrier so as not to miss a single hip swing or tongue wag from the enigmatic singer.
Returning to Sydney last night to play a headline show at The Factory in Marrickville, Yungblud proved that he is absolutely worth the hype that comes with constantly being named one of 2018’s biggest artists to watch.
Before that, though, we were treated to another act with enough energy to rival that of Yungblud: Aussie alt-rocker aViVa. A role model for those who don’t want to fit into the status quo, aViVa makes not fitting in the coolest thing you can do.
Her live show is an extension of the intricate world that she’s built through her incredible singles, and she quickly won over everyone in the audience with an incredible performance of her smash hit ‘Grrrls’, as well as standout new single ‘Blackout’.
With the stage nicely set, it was time for Yungblud. The crowd were already buzzing from the release earlier that day of his latest single ’11 Minutes’ featuring Halsey and Travis Barker, and they erupted as Yungblud stormed the stage and immediately kicked the night off with some of his biggest hits: ’21st Century Liability’, followed by ‘I Love You, Will You Marry Me?’
The crowd were entranced, Yungblud able to command them to dance with as little as the movement of his head.
He then delved into one of his most important songs, ‘Polygraph Eyes’; a track outlining the importance of consent. It was almost comforting to see everyone in the room, of all ages and genders, fist-pumping in unison as he sang “Leave it alone mate, she doesn’t want to go home with you, home with you,” – demonstrating how the unabashed and honest social commentary his music brings with it can make a genuine impact.
But that wasn’t the only highlight. As an extra special Valentine’s Day gift to his audience, he even brought fresh collaborator Halsey onstage and treated everyone to the first ever live performance of ’11 Minutes’.
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As it drew to a close, Halsey praised Yungblud and his band, and basically summed up the way we were all feeling at that moment.
“This young man and this group of young men are some of the best live performers that I’ve ever seen in my life. It is an absolute pleasure to share a stage with them.
“You guys are watching history happen on this stage right now.”
If you want to be a part of that history, you can catch him at the remaining dates of his Australian tour, dates below.
Yungblud 2019 Australian Tour
Friday, 15th February
Bar On The Hill, Newcastle
Sunday, 17th February
Amplifier, Perth (18+) (Supported by AViVA)
Tickets: Secret Sounds