First and foremost, a massive tip of the cap to our headliners this evening for making a point of challenging their audience with the supports chosen tonight. Not only do they lie outside of their immediate musical spectrum, but they’re also not just a bunch of straight cis dudes as one has sadly grown accustomed to. Sports Bra and Rachel Maria Cox both invest emotionally into what they do, but their end results are inherently accessible and present a degree of resolve within their subject matter. The former are a Sydney supergroup of sorts within the DIY community, using their collective experience from a myriad of other bands to form a Voltron-like figure of jangly indie-rock that defiantly spouts messages of positive endearment and queer survival. The latter, meanwhile, is a self-confessed former emo kid that now presents themselves as a confident born entertainer, throwing themselves into every line of each jazzy, dancefloor-ready pop number. Although their approaches differ, both have a special way of bringing people together – and, by proxy, helping them to feel less alone There’s something truly quite remarkable about that.
If you’ve seen Twenty One Pilots live before, you’d know that their live presence is nothing short of spectacular. The aptly named “Bandito Tour” showed Tyler Joseph and Josh Dunn in their prime midway through their worldwide tour, supporting their new album ‘Trench’. Opening up the show was Perth hip-hop artist Drapht, who released his latest album ‘Arabella Street’ in November, after touring nationally in August. Young and old fans, some that had probably waited outside for hours to be front row, waiting patiently for the return of one of the brightest and youngest mainstream bands to hit our shores.