Last night saw the debut of Front Left Live; a showcase of the acts that Spotify listeners in Australia are vibing right now. With minimal details outside of a description detailing a “unique live playlist”, as well as a line up featuring a bunch of our favourite Aussie artists we were unsure what to expect.
To describe the event in a single statement – it was LIT. Spotify’s first live playlist event in the southern hemisphere was one for the books. For five hours the crowd at Sydney’s Carriageworks were lucky enough to check out sets from Baker Boy, Cosmos Midnight and King Princess, as well as a one off collaboration between CXLOE and Kota Banks.
Watch: Kota Banks – “Child”
There’s no better sound to hear when entering a venue than the opening notes of “Child” by Kota Banks, but when CXLOE joined in on the harmonies, the set was taken to the next level. The first acts on the bill proved they mean business, especially when they busted out an incredible cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”.
Following the exclusive collaboration, sets from Brisbane’s Hatchie, and Aussie hip-hop icon Baker Boy pairing up with Dallas Woods continued to build the mood. The latter saw brand new tracks being debuted by both artists, and finally we saw some crowd enthusiasm.
The highlight of the night came from Mark Ronson‘s favourite “prodigy”; King Princess. for 40 minutes, we witnessed the 19-year-old queer icon perform the standout tracks from her Make My Bed EP, as well as several new tracks set to debut on the currently unannounced debut album.
Watch: King Princess – “1950”
Outside of playing ALL THE BOPS in a row, King Princess proved herself as a musician, a songwriter, and a producer and most importantly an artist. Her Australian debut saw the artist share a reimagined live rendition of her breakout hit “1950” and brand new tracks which we’ll see on her debut album out next year. Still technically underage in the US, King Princess showcased a confidence and ability to run a live show on the level of someone who has been doing it for years.
Following the monumental Australian debut from King Princess, Cosmos Midnight pulled out a huge set with live vocalists. Drawing off their most recent release, renditions of “Talk To Me” and more were definite highlights and a perfect way to bring the event to a close.
Spotify’s Front Left Live was an experiment. Pushing fresh artists together to collaborate, and bringing their listeners in to view the results could have easily failed. Spotify managed to put together one of the most exciting nights in Australian music and beyond this year, and we can’t wait for the next one.