Persevering through the drab weather, a sea of colourful ponchos gathered at Allianz Stadium last Saturday to pay witness to four of the most astounding local and international pop sensations at the moment. The lineup, stacked with kickass women from top to bottom, showed just how much pure girl power has always run the pop game across every corner of the world.
Kicking all of it off was Australia’s new golden girl Amy Shark. Bringing her emotive brand of indie pop to a warm, attentive crowd, the up-and-comer shone with realised potential, demonstrating just how far she’s come in the last two years with massive crowd sing-alongs to hits like “Weekends” and “Adore”. Completely owning the stage and working the crowd, it felt like very soon, she’ll be selling out stadiums this large all on her own.
As thicker rain started to set in, so did the brooding, spacious sounds of Danish electropop songwriter and producer MØ. With a voice reaching out to every corner of the 40,000-capacity venue, she commanded the audience and paced her way through the many pop triumphs she’s played a part in (like Snakehips‘ “Don’t Leave” and Major Lazer‘s “Lean On”).
MØ warmed up the stage perfectly for the vibrant, fiery set that was yet to come from UK queen Charli XCX. Pulling off the best set of the night so far, Charli wasn’t going to let the crowd tire out – even after two extremely high-spirited sets. Bringing her bouncy electro-pop to the stadium and hyping up the soaking wet crowd for Sia, Charli burned through hit after hit, peaking with her viral 2017 single “Boys”. Standing on top of a riser, she was the queen of the audience, championing and winning everyone over with her fearless moves.
After an extended wait, the curtains slid open and Sia muttered some of the few words she would that night. Bursting out straight away into her uplifting anthem “Alive”, some sang along, but many just stood there in shock, astounded by the tireless, compelling performance by fifteen-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler. With every note sounding pitch-perfect, Sia stood stationary, turning in an astonishing vocal performance while letting her dancers and performers handle the visual story.
Blazing through songs that have soundtracked her extensive career over the years – including “Chandelier”, “Elastic Heart” and “Breathe Me” – a crowd filled with day one fans and newer devotees danced through the rain, in awe of the South Australian superstar who’s taken over the world. Wrapping the night up with a rainbow-doused performance of “The Greatest”, the curtains then drew on the wigged songwriter, and the magic was over for the night.
Photos by Jordan Munns.