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Sia proved that women really do rule the world

Fresh off two ARIA wins and capping off an incredible 2017, Amy Shark was her usual charming, super-appreciative self. She put on another superb performance to those who’d managed to get to the venue early. The earlybirds were duly rewarded.

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Sally Townsend

Charli XCX was a bundle of energy from the moment she stepped onstage. Climbing, running, invading the mosh – she couldn’t be contained. Her set was wall to wall hits. From new single ‘Boys’ to ‘Break The Rules’ and ‘Boom Clap’, the highlights kept coming. She even threw in songs she features on – like Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ and Icona Pop’s ‘I Love It’ – and left the now swelling crowd wanting more.
 
Danish singer Mø had to wait a few songs to work the crowd over, but by the end of her set she had them in the palm of her hand. She sounded utterly fantastic and her good mood was infectious. When she unleashed DJ Snake’s ‘Lean On’ – the song she provides the vocals to – the crowd went ballistic.
 
The energy of the previous performers was always going to be a stark contrast to SIA herself, however the dancers more than made up for it. For the opening song and arguably her best, ‘Alive’, she was front and centre with dancers strutting their stuff around her. Afterwards she moved to the back corner of the stage and let the veritable performance piece that ensued take her place.
 
To attend a SIA concert in 2017 is to forget everything you know about seeing a massive pop star. Usually everything from the lighting to the video screens is about putting the performer front and centre. A SIA show, however, is more like an experimental dance piece with a live soundtrack by one of the most incredible voices Australia has ever produced.
 
Some may be annoyed by the fact she doesn’t speak, besides thanking the crowd at the end, and that you can’t see her face and she doesn’t move much. However, if you’re a fan already, then you know this going in. While the mix did her no favours, she still sounded phenomenal. Her set was just 75 minutes, but after three brilliant supports, it was the perfect length. It should be noted that nothing from her earlier albums pre-2010 got a look in. However, tracks such as ‘Chandelier’, ‘Elastic Heart’, and ‘Cheap Thrills’ all featured. Her version of ‘Diamonds’, which she wrote for Rihanna, was a notable highlight as was her stripped back version of ‘Titanium’.
 
Highlight: All four acts were incredible.
Lowlight: Sound issues.
Crowd Favourite: ‘Chandelier’.