Athenaeum Theatre for Bic Runga's tour in support of her latest album Belle. We had insanely close seats in the second row on the right hand side of the stage. The opening act was Sydney singer-songwriter Ollie Brown. He played solo on acoustic guitar and was quite hilarious with his between song banter. Ollie recently won the Australia's Best Busker competition and we were impressed with his songs. He also did a cover of Jackson Browne's "These Days."
Bic Runga began her set with "When I See You Smile." She played the first few songs solo on guitar, including "Drive" and "Something Good" before being joined on stage by her band. Bic was very thankful that we came to see here since she has been AWOL for the past six years. She alternated between acoustic and electric guitar and piano throughout the evening, playing songs from all of her albums. Highlights included "Get Some Sleep," "Winning Arrow," "Tiny Little Piece of My Heart," "Hello Hello" and "Darkness All Around Us." She finished the main set with "Sway" and had the crowd singing along from the first verse. The encore began with "Good Love" and then Bic played "Gravity" solo on piano for the last song of the night. It was great to finally see Bic live again and hopefully it won't be too long before she is back playing in Melbourne.
Here is Bic's video for the first single off the album Belle, "Hello Hello"