On Wednesday, January 8th at approximately 8pm, I, Renee Gina Meznarsic was having dinner and drinks with a few friends prior to heading into the Metro Theatre in Sydney to see Solange. Between bites of my delicious parmi, I stopped, paused and thought to myself; “Ho hum, I wonder what Solange will be like tonight? Surely not as good as the Bonobo gig I caught at the Opera House a few nights before, surely not”
Exactly T-minus 4 hours later, this previous thinking was proven to be naive, daft and insanely incorrect. Solange was Sogood!
Now, I know what some of you are thinking: “Solange? You mean that sister of Beyonce?” NO….well, yes, I do! But Solange Knowles is so much more than just the younger sibling of Beyonce. So very much more.
For what was a reasonably sized set (1 hour and 20 minutes for those playing at home) Solange and her rag-tag team of musicians easily showcased one of the most charming and adorable sets I have seen in a long time. From the moment she stepped out in her full length silver and green playsuit, knee length braids and sporting a smile from ear to ear, the entire theatre instantly fell in love.
Playing mostly tracks from the True EP, one song from Saint Heron (Cash In), a few from Sol Angel and a cover of ‘Stillness in the Move’ (originally by Dirty Projectors with the band mixing in some of Dr Dre’s “Xxplosive” in there), Solange absolutely wowed the audience from start to finish, so much so that an adoring fan even handed her a bouquet of flowers toward the end of her set.
From someone who walked into the gig expecting not very much, I walked out a changed woman with a mega girl-crush. From playsuits to choreographed dance moves across the entire band, Solange certainly proved that she has enough spunk and talent to be measured on her own two feet, as opposed to ‘that sister of Beyonce’ or ‘that girl I think was in Bring it On?’.
Don’t Let Me Down
Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work
Locked in Closets
Sleep in the Park
Lovers in the Parking Lot
Stillness is the Move (Dirty Projectors Cover)
We’ll leave you with ‘Losing You’