Described as a force of nature by fellow musicians, Aussie singer and multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana proved her authenticity to the Marquee crowd who gathered Leeside to witness her raw musical talent.
The 24-year-old stepped onto the stage in her bare feet sporting an oversized shirt and bowler hat.
The range of her vocals alone made hairs stand on arms before she picked up any instrument.
Percussion, brass, string and woodwind, the girl can play them all.
Best described as an experience from start to finish, her stage presence captivated the audience as she lived and breathed each semitone produced.
Every song effortlessly blended into the next with her use of multiple loop pedals and midi setup, creating various different beats.
The crowd swayed, bobbed and headbanged. The feel-good vibes of her infectious music left smiles across faces filled with content as they looked on in awe of the talent before them.
Not only did her music touch the gig-goers, but her generosity toward and genuine appreciation for her fans shined through when she disappeared from the stage only to turn up strolling through the middle of the crowd whilst strumming on an electric guitar.
The crowd cheered at the familiar intro to Jungle, the song that shot her to fame in 2016 when the seven-minute 55-second live version uploaded to YouTube gathered an impressive one million views in less than five days. Today, it stands at 50 million views.
From humble abodes of busking on the streets of Melbourne, she has mastered over 15 instruments. Now, she is headlining sold-out theatres and arenas across the globe.
After what felt like a jam session in a basement, a large one at that, with thousands in attendance, she left the stage to screaming and applauding fans.
But she wasn’t done impressing the anticipating crowd who wanted more and called out “one more tune” until she returned to the stage with an acoustic guitar.
Admirable was the fact that not one person left from the front of the stage before the encore, a rarity at best, and a testament to her sheer ability to enchant the crowd. She had us all under her spell.
Acoustic guitar alone, she played a range of rhythms and closed her set just like she started it, stripped bare, just her haunting vocals and genuinely breathtaking range.
The beautiful sound echoed and sent tingles up spines before the venue erupted in applause and cheer.
Before saying her goodbyes she walked off stage and along the front row, giving fans the chance to meet her.
A sincere person and a real gift.
Staying true to her roots, she had Aussie indie-folk duo the Pierce Brothers support her at the Cork gig.
The brothers also from humble origins, having paved the path to success from busking to become the international touring artists they are today.
The next-generation John Butler Trio warmed up the crowd with their skillful instrument playing and complimenting harmonies, before the woman of the hour took to the stage and took us all on an exhilarating journey.
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