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REVIEW: ANGUS STONE BACKYARD GIG

The backyard – the quintessential playground, the stomping ground of childhood and adulthood alike. A place to have knee-scraping adventures and to fire up your BBQ and sink some cold beers.

It was in a Byron backyard of a friend of Angus Stone that Groupie and a few other very lucky campers got to see a live and intimate gig the day after Splendour in the Grass, among the first gigs the singer has performed under his new solo guise. It was the perfect setting for a man that seems to tread a line between the wistful imagination and earnest quality of a child and the world worn wisdom of someone with a very old soul. That man of course is Mr. Angus Stone.

During the afternoon, as rosé was sipped, chickens purred contentedly and a friendly dog roamed around with his aztec beaded collar, Angus and his band performed a tight 30-40 min set. The band was relaxed and amiable, and despite the easy rapport they had it was clear that they’ve worked hard to get to this place. They gel as a unit. Between each song Angus would ask “what should we play next?”, before conferring with his band mates. It felt honest and spontaneous, and the songs off the new album ‘Broken Brights’ filled the cooling afternoon air with a friendly warmth.

While the new album is brimming over with personal songs (it was purportedly written about Angus’ break up with Isabel Lucas), the live performance didn’t smack of introversion. The songs took on a whole new life performed in that spacious Byron backyard – an energy and vigor they don’t have on the recording. It was also clear that the process of putting them in front of an audience is extremely cathartic and a means for Angus to put distance between himself and his lyrics. Groupie had already spoken to Angus Stone well before the release of the album, over the phone, but his demeanour in this situation was different. He was essentially pretty quiet, presumably preferring instead to let the music speak for itself.

When he finally spoke to us, he said almost shyly, “I feel in love with your voice that day we spoke.” And so it is with Angus, he can disarm you with his simple, direct and sweet attitude, much like his music.

‘BROKEN BRIGHTS NATIONAL TOUR’. Special guest to be announced.

DATES
Sat July 28
Splendour Warm Up Show
Barrenjoy High School, North Avalon, NSW
Tickets on sale now from angusstone.com

Sun July 29
Splendour In The Grass
Byron Bay NSW
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Thurs Nov 1
Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW
Tickets on sale August 7th from angusstone.com

Fri Nov 2
Level One Newcastle Leagues, Newcastle NSW
Tickets on sale August 7th from angusstone.com

Sat Nov 3
Waves, Wollongong NSW
Tickets on sale August 7th from angusstone.com

Wed Nov 7
Great Northern, Byron Bay NSW
Tickets on sale August 7th from angusstone.com

Fri Nov 9
The Hi Fi, Brisbane QLD
Tickets on sale August 7th from angusstone.com

Sat Nov 10
Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast QLD
Tickets on sale August 7th from angusstone.com

Sun Nov 11
Lake Kawana Community Centre, Sunshine Coast QLD
Tickets on sale August 7th from angusstone.com

Sat Nov 17
Perth WA (Details announced soon)
Tickets on sale August 7th from angusstone.com

Wed Nov 21
Palace Theatre, Melbourne CBD, VIC
Tickets on sale August 7th from angusstone.com

Fri Nov 23
Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Tickets on sale August 7th from angusstone.com

Sat Nov 24
Pier Live, Frankston, VIC
Tickets on sale August 7th from angusstone.com

Wed Nov 28
Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide SA
Tickets on sale August 7th from angusstone.com

 

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