Following an intimate show on the rooftop of Aloft Hotel the night before, Troye Sivan tore the roof off Perth's HBF Stadium, transforming it into an all-ages nightclub. Amid a sea of screaming and adoring fans, he kicked off the Bloom tour in his hometown.
Audiences were first treated to Sivan’s little brother, and up-and-coming recording artist in his own right, Tyde Levi. He shared a cover of Ariana Grande’s breathin and tracks off his debut EP including lead single Goldchains. Levi’s command of the stage and the crowd was impressive. Without skipping a beat the audience picked up what he was laying down, belting out every single lyric and waving their arms from side to side.
Thelma Plum rode the high energy waves of the crowd with her bright but buttery-smooth tone and tunes from her recent album Better in Blak, including Not Angry Anymore, Woke Blokes, Don’t Let A Good Girl Down and Clumsy Love. She charmed the audience with the backstory to Nick Cave – caught out pretending to be vegan to impress a boy with an unabashed, “Fuck yeah, prosciutto!” She was funny and endearing, but her songwriting took her to another level.
As the house music and lights cut abruptly, a surge of excitable energy and ear-piercing screams filled the stadium, fans standing with iPhones at the ready. Troye Sivan walked out to the sound of screaming. He raised his arm; there was more screaming. The curtain dropped to reveal a four-piece band; the sound of screaming continued. Every bar of music where he didn't sing; there was even more screaming. “Let me hear you scream!,” Sivan said. You get the idea.
His hometown crowd danced and sang along to hits such as Seventeen, Bloom, Youth and My My My!, Sivan delivering some silky vocals and saucy dance moves. His lyrics are insightful, poignant and talk about love and his life experience, particularly as part of the LGBTIQ+ community. A moving performance of Heaven, about his experience coming out, was a highlight. “It’s the gay one… the proper gay one… not like I only have one gay one,” he explained to the crowd.
We hear audience members, who, following the theme of 1999, were dressed up like characters from Clueless rolled in glitter, say they are shaking – evidence of the effect Sivan has on his loving and fiercely loyal fanbase. When he commanded everyone to jump there was no question as to how high. Confetti canons shot into the air and pride colours flashed behind one of Australia’s biggest musical exports.
Sivan not only delivered a world-class performance but used his platform to support his community and worthy causes with $1 from every ticket sold donated to Beyond Blue and Minus18.
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