We were lucky enough to tag along to the second leg of REMI’s Australia wide ‘For Good’ single tour. This was REMI’s first ever sold out Sydney show before he hits his hometown of Melbourne for his another sold out show. Joined on stage by a multitude of special guests, this gig felt more like friends hanging out and jamming than a normal concert.
The night opened with Hau, a solo, politically charged, rapper with a wicked flow. His track ‘Kill.I.Am’ was a stand out and made the half-full room start dancing along early in the night. Up next, the duo Man Made Mountain made up of Cazeaux OSLO and Billy Holye combined soul and Brazilian beats under Cazeaux’s rap to create this tasty collage of contrasting genres. Their onstage charisma was effortless and dispersed good vibes throughout the venue.
The support acts were a phenomenal warm up for the energy onslaught of REMI. Their charm and liveliness, smooth talking and soulful beats were fantastic but immediately trumped by REMI’s infectious on stage banter. If you have never been to a REMI show this level of crowd excitement and mutual love is unmatched.
The opening song ‘XTC Party’ was a clear crowd favourite. The frantically colourful light show mirrored REMI’s insanely energetic performance. The entire venue heaved with excitement as the set built each song. The whole gig felt like a party. The roll call of Australian musicians who performed on stage together peaked at seven, with each person throwing down a verse or two of their own. Sampha The Great reigned queen as her and REMI performed their 2015 single ‘For Good’.
It is easy to understand why people love REMI. His outspoken politics and strong moral compass make him one of the most powerful artists around. This was made clear when a man in the crowd pushed another into a group of girls. REMI called the guy out and made him to apologise in front of the 300 person strong crowd. The penultimate song of the night was REMI’s 2013 hit ‘Sangria’. Just when we thought there was no room left, REMI took it to the next level. With each bar of the song, the tension built to the drop, broken by REMI knocking a mic to the ground.
Debuting two brand new songs we got a taste of what’s to come, be sure to watch out for REMI’s album Divas and Demons dropping late 2016.