The Hilltop Hoods have long been one of Australia’s most well-loved local hip-hop acts, and last weekend they showed it off in true style, performing at the monumental Allphones Arena in Sydney. The stadium tour is going ahead in support of their recent release Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung, an arrangement of their two double platinum selling albums, Walking Under Stars and Drinking From The Sun. The hit songs were reimagined with the help of the 32-person Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the 20-person Adelaide Chamber Singers Choir, and follows on from the same idea as their similarly orchestral album The Hard Road: Restrung, released back in 2007.
Following opening support performances from A.B Original and Maverick Sabre, the Hilltop Hoods played an electrifying show to the mammoth crowd, with the unique, lush backing of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Sydney Chamber Singers. The musicians were led by conductor Hamish McKeich, who also conducted the orchestra during the recording of the album.
The combination of their immediately recognisable brand of hip-hop with orchestral and choral sounds is unique and intriguing to hear, and Hilltop Hoods pulled it with the confidence and experience of a group who truly know how to command a stadium crowd.