This week, City & Colour, solo moniker of Dallas Green, returned to Australia to perform at the epic Bluesfest in Byron Bay, alongside Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo, Brian Wilson, Tom Jones, Melissa Etheridge, The National and many more. Following Bluesfest, he’s embarked upon a national headline tour including Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and even Thirroul. Although Green visited Australia for a couple of exclusive, intimate gigs late last year, this marked his first major visit back to Australia since Splendour in the Grass in 2014, and his fifteenth visit in total!
Joining City & Colour on stage at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre were Sydney trio Little May, whose indie folk leanings have seen them travel the world supporting their 2015 album For The Company. A warm up of sorts ahead of their own headline tour kicking off next month, they well and truly readied the crowd ahead of the main event.
City & Colour came out on stage shortly after, bringing a beautifully curated career-spanning set, pleasing long time fans as much as the newly appointed. While the tour was in support of the excellent recent album, If I Should Go Before You, the band roared through music from pretty much all five albums.
On stage, City & Colour is a totally separate beast to the music on record; loud, emotive and ferociously in the moment. While it’s easy to forget his post-hardcore leanings listening to C&C at home, the electrifying on-stage energy is a glimpse into the gleaming intensity that Green’s known for with Alexisonfire.
All photos copyright Danielle Hansen / Howl & Echoes.
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