Gig Review: TKAY | 170 Russell | MELB | 4.11.16

Monday, November 7, 2016

Opening the night was Sable, who played an electronic set and even mashed up tracks by Skepta and Justin Bieber. He loves his autotune, and weirdly (but also it was kinda funnily), still had the autotune programmed on his mic when he spoke between tracks.

It was now time for the main act. Our queen.

Tkay made her way to the stage with 'Why Can't We Be Friends' by War with a yellow raincoat on. The crowd were going absolutely crazy, they love her, and we don't blame them..

Unfortunately (and completely not her fault, but I still have to mention it), she had problems with her sound for her entire set. But as I just said, this wasn't her fault, and I can only imagine how frustrating it would have been to be on stage, and something like that is out of your control. Even when she spoke to the crowd, her voice could barely be heard. Much to her credit, she didn't let it bother her and dominated through it. Plus, I doubt it left anyone disappointed with the show. 

Fresh from the release of her massive debut album a few weeks ago, her show featured many of the new tracks from the LP. One of the highlights was her performance of her massive single (and collab with RTJ's Killer Mike) 'Carry On'. Other new singles she played included 'Tennies', 'Afterglow', 'Stimulation', 'Monochrome' and 'Always Been'.

The crowd also had the chance to dance it up to her classics (I can call them classics, right?) such as 'MOB', which drove everyone wild...maybe wild is an understatement. Another older track she blessed us with was 'Switch Lanes'. 

She couldn't leave without an encore, playing 'Brontosaurus', consequently sending the entire audience into a dance wonderland. 

Despite the obvious issues with the sound, everyone's fave, Tkay, dominated 170 Russell and gave the crowd a night that they were never going to forget. 

Written by Kristy Smolcic
Photos by Karla Tolentino