Gig Review: Holiday Sidewinder | Melbourne | 17.4.19

Thursday, April 18, 2019

One of our best exports, Holiday Sidewinder, has been dazzling across stages around the world for a few years now. She's worn many hats across her musical journey — she was the frontwoman of Bridezilla, plays keyboards for Alex Cameron in his touring band, and most importantly, is the retro pop queen we all need.

Before Holiday, Tanzer danced up a storm on-stage at The Gasometer (Upstairs). The avant-garde pop artist absolutely smashed it, with incredible vocals and the moves to match. Inspired by Euro-disco and grand movie soundtracks, Tanzer would take home the chocolates at Eurovision — let's make that happen in 2020. Australia needs it, and the world needs more Tanzer in their lives.

Holiday Sidewinder made her way through the crowd to get onto the stage.  Opening up with 'Leo', she took everyone in the room to Vegas and away from the dullness of Melbourne on a Wednesday night. Not only did she bring her flawless vocals, she also brought her best dance moves too. She claimed the room and owned it, making use of its entire space — frequently leaving the stage to jump in the middle of the crowd to dance with everyone, ensuring that every human in the room was having a good time.

Along with her stellar live show, she was just as fun in-between songs whilst sharing hilarious (and not always connected) anecdotes. Before launching into her upcoming sultry single 'Baby Oil', she made a note that baby oil is horrible for the world (which is very true! Listen to Holiday and don't use it). Before 'Tra$h Can Love', she went on a funny mini-rant against all things 'beige' and rich people. She also played a song called 'Forever or Whenever', which she said she would be releasing soon because she's feeling 'bored'. Her words for utterly infectious, and you couldn't help and smile whenever she shared funny words about a song.

At the end of the night, she split the intimate room in half soul-train style and danced her way through the middle, before a conga line formed. After her set, she did got the crowd involved in some good ol' karaoke using her mic, and it was the perfect way to wrap up the night.

Holiday Sidewinder's show was an unforgettable experience — she's incredibly talented and presents an immersive live show that's engaging and fun for everyone in attendance.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)
Photos by Kristy Smolcic (folio)