LIVE REVIEW: A stellar show under the stars with Matt Corby
As the sun lowered in the sky, Eliott kicked off what was to be an amazing night with her heartfelt tunes. The growing crowd enjoyed her talented, soulful vocals, while she got to show off her new single, ‘Shaking My Hips’, as well as songs from her latest album Bold Enough. These included ‘Figure it Out’ and ‘Over & Over’, which sounded spectacular live.
A change of pace from Eliott’s bared and subdued sound, the Teskey Brothers confidently took to the stage in a display of instrumental talent and vocal skill. The Teskey Brothers took us on a journey from their slow and stirring songs to finish on a high with some fiery and passionate tunes, such as ‘Louisa’, where they had the whole audience clapping along. In their latest single ‘Right For Me’, lead singer Josh Teskey’s husky vocals were the perfect transition into Matt Corby’s set, with the whole band having a great time rocking out on stage.
Kings Park was now full to the brim, with hundreds of people settled in on the grass with a picnic, and many more getting up close and personal with the artists on deck. For Matt Corby’s Rainbow Valley tour, this particular venue was simply perfect. The nature-inspired visuals running in the background throughout the show, combined with open sky experience surrounded by trees on a beautiful night, was the perfect setting to appreciate Corby’s glorious music.
Though it may not seem possible, Corby’s latest album Rainbow Valley sounded even more wonderful live than in the studio. He boasted some serious multi-faceted instrumental skills, playing the keys, drums, bass and flute all whilst singing throughout his performance (which shouldn’t come as a surprise given he did all his own instrumentals for this album). The atmosphere was light, relaxed, and almost dream-like as Corby launched into songs from Rainbow Valley — including ‘No Ordinary Life’, ‘All That I See’, ‘Get With The Times’ and ‘All Fired Up’, all thoroughly enjoyed by the crowd. Corby seemingly effortlessly belted out his breathtaking vocals, despite claiming to have a cold (which the crowd honestly did not seem to believe).
He threw us back to 2011 with ‘Brother’, which the crowd absolutely loved, as well as ‘Smooth Lady Wine’ and ‘Empires Attraction’ from Telluric. The band and background vocalists also did a brilliant job, creating such insanely soulful sounds which I can only really describe as emulating a gospel choir, particularly during ‘Monday’. The show finished with ‘Miracle Love’, an ode to living with love and positivity in the face of hardship, which had the audience just about in tears.
As the show came to a close and we walked out of Kings Park on a crisp autumn night, there was no doubt that everyone felt they had just experienced a show nothing short of heavenly.