Back You are here: Home Reviews Live Review: Dan Sultan, Stonefield @ Eatons Hill Hotel, 05.07.14

Live Review: Dan Sultan, Stonefield @ Eatons Hill Hotel, 05.07.14

A strange phenomenon occurred at the Eatons Hill Hotel on Saturday July 5th. I attended the Brisbane leg of Dan Sultan’s Blackbird tour and people were actually watching the performance, with their own eyes. Sultan’s crowd were not frantically snapping, filming, tweeting and instagramming every second of the show. They were actually watching, singing and swaying without the aid of their phones.

Yes, we were by far the youngest people in the crowd. Yes, some of them were wearing jeans and joggers.

Opening this unorthodox affair was Victorian four-piece sister act, Stonefield. If you didn’t know any better, you’d be pretty blown away when the four young girls started belting out their seasoned rock performance. Drawing inspiration from AC/DC and giving off an almost Alanis Morissette grunge-rock vibe in their slower songs, Stonefield delivered an extremely high-energy performance. Possibly a little too high energy in some parts, lacking any sort of highs and lows throughout, the girls were definitely aiming for a very classic rock sound. Having played at the likes of Glastonbury in 2011, the young band is on high radio rotation and definitely has a lot of future potential. I mean, how many young female leads play drums whilst belting out an intense rock tune?

Although Stonefield played a great warm-up set, the older crowd were mostly oblivious to their existence prior to the show and the room didn’t fill up or warm up until the man of the moment, Dan Sultan, took the stage.

A blend of soul, country and rock and roll Dan Sultan delivered an exceptional performance complete with a brass section.  He started the evening off slowly, tantalizing his mainly middle aged female crowd with his soulful and seductive delivery of Can’t Blame Me, before bringing the mood right up after a few songs and really getting the crowd moving for the first time in the evening with Under Your Skin.

After a few “How is everyone” ‘s and “I love you too” ‘s, Sultan finally addressed the crowd with a toast and a swig of water. Much to his seeming disdain, it was day five of dry July for the singer, however he did suggest that everyone in the crowd have one for him… or seven.  

Sultan then carried on with a couple of the more easy listening, rock tracks from his new album Blackbird, before taking an emotional interlude with, It Belongs To Us. The slow track brought about the tale of Sultan’s self doubt and creative block prior to Blackbird. He had the crowd hanging on every word of his raw and emotional story. The solemn mood lasted only long enough for the crowd to invest even more of themselves in the performance, by this stage worshipping the crooner. Cue a more up beat, crescendo of horns and some encouraging hip movements from Sultan… oh and vocals. The more country-rock part of the evening had the audience swaying and shuffling as much as seemed possible for them. Tracks like The Same Man and Old Fitzroy left the crowd both begging for more and extremely satisfied at the end of the night.

Although Dan Sultan was not exactly my cup of tea, and definitely drew a very different crowd to what I’m used to, I was pleasantly surprised and definitely able to appreciate Sultan’s talent and prowess. 

Related Articles

Our Community

  • Facebook
  • instagram
  • Twitter
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Google+

Contact Us

  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.