Reviewed by Jemma Nott

Local Melbourne man Vance Joy has been taking his tour ‘God Loves You When You’re Dancing’ around the country and tonight he stopped by the Oxford Art Factory to make us all croon.

Since, the release of his EP ‘Riptide’ the guy has received a lot of momentum in the press and has a growing fan base. Of course those of you who already love Vance Joy will know why his music has the power to reach a growing a fan base in this country. If that’s the case, then you’ll be pleased to hear that, that same magic very much translates to his live show. Joy very much embodies the emotional vulnerability in his music and his charmingly self-effacing commentary throughout his performance tonight demonstrates that perfectly.

The crowd tonight make it clear that they are here to enjoy his music and that they’re all avid fans. In fact, one of the best moments of the night is during ‘Riptide’, when the entire crowd sing along to, literally every word – a rarity even amongst the most keen of fans.

Of course, the night wouldn’t have been a Vance Joy gig without the presence of the ukulele, which added a touch of pleasantry to the night. There is simply a feeling of calm euphoria over the crowd tonight, and that is mostly thanks to Vance Joy’s presence on stage.

Certainly, this guy will only continue to grow in popularity over the coming years and it’s well deserved.


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