Amidst a sea of cancelled shows, Auckland's Town Hall was packed this past Saturday as fans gathered to attend Aldous Harding, who was back in New Zealand to play a very special three shows in Wellington, Auckland, and Christchurch.
Supported by homegrown sister duo Purple Pilgrims and America's Weyes Blood, who set the stage perfectly for Harding. Blood appeared to have fans of her own within the crowd, and even those who appeared to have not seen her before seemed captivated by her performance.
Harding took to the stage among the shouts of "I love you!" from the crowd, opening her set with an acoustic performance before being joined on stage by the rest of the band.
Harding opened her show in her usual character, quietly taking the stage with an air of detachment, before showing the crowd her lighter side during the second song, dancing across the stage with a single maraca, giving the audience a glimpse of playfulness in an otherwise strange time - the new Government policy of mandatory self-isolation had been announced just hours before, and yet the whole room was under her spell, mesmerised into silence in one moment and dancing the next.
Aldous Harding's latest release, Designer, is available on both CD and Vinyl, as well major streaming services.
Radio 13 thanks and credits Ginny C Photography not only for the images in this review but also stepping in for our unwell reviewer.