Gig Review: Angus and Julia Stone

Dec 5 @ The Wardrobe

This sellout gig from Australian brother and sister duo Angus and Julia Stone captivated the audience throughout with songs about love lost and won, and everything in between. With tales of woe and joy delivered with varying degrees of angst, satire and benevolence, they proved capable of making you nostalgic about things that never actually happened to you.

It's not often that you get a large audience to remain silent for the duration of a one-and-a-half-hour set, only breaking this silence with raucous applause between each song, but the Stones managed this effortlessly, creating a blissful atmosphere.

Having built on the strengths of debut record A Book Like This, the gig focused mainly on songs from latest release Down the Way, with the songs Hold On and the spacious and evocative Santa Monica Dream being two highlights. Along with other older song from their debut record, and some newly written pieces, a very creative rendition of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's You're The One That I Want was a real crowd-pleaser.

Angus and Julia Stone proved to be a fantastic pair of songwriters much deserving of the great reception they got in Leeds.

Declan Forde

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