Gig Review: Sigrid | The Triffid, Brisbane | 23.2.18

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The people of Brisbane have a habit of immediately shutting down during the rain but luckily for Sigrid, this wasn’t the case.

Fans came out in droves to support the bubbly Norwegian pop star on her first trip to Brisbane. As the venue packed, the air-filled with contagious excitement.

As the initial chatter dispersed the crowd's attention was directed to the stage where Exhibitionist, Sydney based multi-instrumentalist Kirsty Tickle and her band, began to play a slew of excellently crafted electronic pop songs. In 2017, Exhibitionist released her debut track ‘Hands’ and received notable praise for its unique arrangement and vulnerability. This vulnerability would transfer from track to stage captivating the crowd's attention. Unarguably the standout from her set has her passionately penned song about the Women's Marches ‘Being a Woman’, which was a perfect blend of protest, power, and raw ability. Exhibitionist was a perfect opener and definitely made her mark on the night.

As Exhibitionist left the stage, the lights darkened and Sigrid’s backing band assumed their places. The crowd began chanting and out popped Sigrid immediately donning the warmest, welcoming smile.

Sigrid (Sigrid Solbakk Raabe) had a huge 2017 with her debut ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ which charted in Norway, UK and Australia. She followed it up with the equally catchy ‘Plot twist’ and the electronic earworm ‘Strangers’. There was no doubt that her debut created die-hard fans and this room was full of them, eager for her begin.

Starting the set, to the pleasant surprise of the room, was an unreleased track ‘Go to War’, which was just as catchy and perfectly crafted as the aforementioned songs. The crowd would bounce and by the next chorus, lyrics would leave people's mouths like they had sung this song since birth.

Sigrid and her band guided the night lifting the energy, playing her hits and emotionally charging the room with her ballads. Her personality would shine in moments between the songs where she explained the hilarity of getting lost in a Brisbane forest. She would also tell stories about the tracks and how much ‘Dynamite’ defined a dark period in her life. It was clear that Sigrid had poured herself into her music and whatever subject they discussed, her performance would express them perfectly.  

Like a good movie, no one wanted the show to end but like a good movie, the experience lingered. From her music, personality and casual aesthetic it’s clear Sigrid is someone to watch in 2018.

Written by Roy Gordon