Troye Sivan
Auckland Town Hall
July 30, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
Review by ALEX SAIFITI
Photos by CURTIS BUNKER

Troye Sivan was in his element last night, performing at Auckland’s Town Hall in what he called one of the best countries in the world. He described the show as one of the most fun he has ever played in his whole life.

Retreating from the lousy weather, I joined the crowd which mainly consisted of young people eager to see Sivan for the first time.

In a dramatic opening, Sivan made his presence known with Bite in a brilliant extravaganza of lights and bold beats. Throughout the show, Sivan moved in elongated and slightly awkward ways, almost Lorde-like in an expression of passion and ultimate freedom on stage.

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I happened to be sitting close to Sivan’s mother, who would occasionally take out her phone to video the performance for his father, presumably watching from home in Perth.

Troye Sivan’s songs were a mix of fun, youthful pop performances and sad, honest pieces, all backed up by great lighting, a solid drummer and the cool Karina DePiano on the keyboard. 

Before performing an emotional and pure Heaven, Sivan revisited his experience of coming out, emphasising the importance of accepting yourself as an individual.

Slightly sad, dramatic songs like Suburbia, Fools and Talk Me Down were contrasted with upbeat, youthful pop numbers like chilled-out Cool, For Him, Ease and crowd highlight Wild. Standouts included a passionate and emotional Lana Del Rey-like Too Good and the dark, sensual DKLA.

The crowd sang along with Troye through every song and clearly enjoyed each moment of his performance. His connection with the audience throughout the show was evident, as he held up a New Zealand flag, took selfies and smelt fake flowers. Before leaving stage he cheekily said, “I’ll see you in 30 seconds,” returning for his encore, the upbeat and hip Youth.

It is clear that Sivan has his feet firmly placed on the ground, and his fans firmly in the palms of his hands. If last night’s performance is anything to go by, Troye Sivan will continue to be a force to be reckoned with. A young man in his element, along with his fans, enjoying every moment of the journey.

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Set list:

Bite
For Him
Fools
Heaven
Suburbia
Cool
Too Good
Wild
Love Is a Losing Game
(Amy Winehouse cover)
Happy Little Pill
(acoustic)
Ease
DKLA
Talk Me Down

Encore:
Lost Boy
Youth

Troye Sivan is rocking the globe on his worldwide Suburbia tour. You can check him out on Facebook!

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