Local legends SIX60 played under the roof with special guests Drax Project, SWIDT, JessB and Illbaz, and proved to Dunedin they could put on a show as good as any international act.
Taking to the stage before SIX60, Drax Project demonstrated why they were named breakthrough artist of the year at last year’s VMAs, warming up the crowd with a high-energy set. The four-piece band blended pop and jazz throughout a performance that included crowd favourites Woke up late and Toto, but it was lead singer Shaan Singh’s sax playing that stole the show.
The crowd’s energy remained high as they waited for SIX60 to take the stage - 18,000 people singing Bohemian Rhapsody in unison was remarkable to witness. Then it was time for the main act.
"SIX60 is home, baby!" Singer Matiu Walters declared, and what a homecoming it was! With images of their Dunedin flat on the wall and couches all around, the band looked at home on stage. Their confidence and energy was a joy to watch, and the crowd responded with pure elation; jumping up and down and belting out the lyrics to every hit.
Some new tunes and Chris Mac (bassist) engaging in a drum battle against Eli Paewai (drums), provided welcome variations in a nearly two-hour set of hit after hit.
In a show full of memorable moments, Walters inviting former bass player and Maori All Black Hoani Matenga out for their hit Don't Forget Your Roots was a truly special touch to a night that paid homage to their Dunedin roots.
Review by Katie Smith.
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