Wednesday evening we trekked out to Red Rocks to catch Australian hunk, Vance Joy's 'Nation Of Two' headlining show. We're here to give you an insider to the magic his music imparted on the thousands of us gathered between the iconic rocks that night.
First we truly have to give Atlantic Records a huge published thank you for treating us like the gems we are. We were able to chat with Vance and his team, check out the opener from side stage and share a few beers and laughs before the show. Vance was incredibly sweet and humble and his team was extremely welcoming. Thanks again, Atlantic/Vance Joy team!
The show took off with English-Canadian artist Alice Merton, known for breakout track "No Roots." She and her band hosted an energetic show while the sun set, and just as the moon joined us , so did Australian troubadour Vance Joy. He currently finds himself in the midst of his largest tour to date, headlining the stadiums he once graced as Taylor Swift's opening act for her 1989 tour in 2014.
Vance's songs are sweet and heartfelt, full of charming poetry and snippets of stories of romance and heartbreak, which he, of course, shares in his Australian accent, causing women of all ages to coo and swoon. Denverites of all ages joined the sold out show, as they say music transcends age and time, right?
Vance took stage and broke out with romantic hit "Mess Is Mine," from breakout album, 'Dream Your Life Away.' He continued with lesser known gems from 'Nation Of Two' like, "Saturday Sun" and "Take Your Time." Towards the end of the set he brought out his band, who was originally behind him, out to center stage for a few songs from 'Nation Of Two' including "Bonnie and Clyde." He continued with a few singles from the new album including "Lay It On Me" and "We're Going Home." Afterwards he led a bouncy, upbeat, horn blaring cover of "Justin Bieber's cover of "Sorry," which turned into a mash-up with Lionel Ritchie's "All Night Long." Vance ended his charming, lively show with a his colossal hit "Riptide," adorable ukulele and all!
Vance Joy's performance was an emotional experience, not only for Vance himself, but for many dedicated fans brought along on his incredible journey - from studying law at Melbourne University a few years prior to selling over 2 million albums worldwide today! The singing sweetheart is making a huge name for himself in the enormous sea of pop music. Along with his sophomore album, Vance currently has a massive spread in GQ Australia, a cover on Rolling Stone Australia and a feature on Rolling Stone. *Kris Jenner voice* You're doing great, sweetie!