It was the night after Halloween and the skeletons were still out for another night, but this time it was for music not candy. Two sets of talent greeted the Tuning Fork crowd before main act, Openside, took the stage. The air was full of happiness, not just for the show ahead but because of the My Chemical Romance reunion announcement earlier in the day.
First to take the stage was Maxwell Young an artist ho stood solo with a mic and his electronic backbeat. Favoured by the likes of YouTuber Casey Neistat and front-man of The 1975 (Matty Healy). The performance showed his passion for lyrics, emotion and vulnerability. On stage he was sweet as he made live commentary of nervousness but the crowd showered him with appraise and applause. His set grew as he became familiar and comfortable with the crowd. It’s not easy to open a show, but the crowd weren’t ready for him to go as he announced his last song. Having just felt like they’d connected to the artist as his remaining lyrics rung out.
With beaming confidence, her soft pop lyrics with soulful vocals carried a jaw dropping performance form the moment the crowd locked eyes on her. Dressed in denim glitter jeans and marshmallow pink sweater Navvy, aka Phoebe Lee Jasper brought the venue to life with her joyous presence and contagious smile. Her high energy juxtaposed perfectly with her honest breakup storytelling from her first EP ‘The Breakup EP’. As she performed it felt as if she was pouring herself out into every lyric, reflecting on every emotion and moment. It was a flawless performance both in sound and movement. As she sat behind keys to perform solo; a more stripped back instrumental showed off how controlled and talented she was with her voice. Navvy didn’t need to be in costume as her performance felt like Disney magic, with her as a real life Disney princess.
It’s not unusual to see a passionate crowd ready for Opensides’ arrival onstage. Their fans adore them and as they should. As the band came onstage Possum Plows (vocals) in super cute head to toe Halloween outfit. The crowd was a buzz, feeding off the powerful sounds of the passionate band and colourful dancing lights. Most notably PJ Shepard (guitarist) ability to jump about whilst playing in the smallest of spaces on the Tuning Fork stage. The stage was left untouched by the band as they jolted around it with each lyric and beat. Fans loudly singing their lyrics back alongside sporadic dance moves of excitement it was obvious that the crowd raised their energy to reflect their love for the kiwi band.
It truly did feel like the crowd was full of love and admiration, happy to spend a Friday night out with spooky company and pop-rock sounds. A special mention foes to Harry Carter (bassist) and the Red Bull shoey alongside the sweet interviewer moment Possum had with the band as they asked each member a quirky question to let the audience in on their personalities. All in all the crowd was left chanting for more after the last song and unfortunately for them an encore didn’t come but the set that was performed proved it didn’t need more as fans were left beaming with happiness from their night of music.