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There’s a special glow that lingers in the air when an artist takes to the stage for the first night of a tour. Spirited crowds pour into a venue, in anticipation of a night filled with joy and fun. That is exactly what Lime Cordiale delivered on the opening night of their Facts Of Life Tour at UOW’s Great Hall. Supported by The Rions, audience members were treated to an evening of zestful performances and vibrant sets that mark the beginning of what is sure to be a memorable run of shows.
2021 Unearthed High winners The Rions warmed the crowd up, performing a bevy of their singles, covers and unreleased tracks. Bringing their dynamic rock soundscapes to a live setting, frontman Noah Blockley's captivating performance soared above shimmering guitar work and driving percussion, existing somewhere between the realm of Kings of Leon and Shawn Mendes. Fresh out of high school, the band brought a refined and mature quality to their set, never missing a beat and keeping their growing audience entranced throughout the entire set.
From the minute Lime Cordiale step on stage, they ooze charisma. Lined up at the front of the stage, the brothers and their band strike some power poses, before trading hugs and kisses as they launched into their sets opener, On My Own. Dressed in nudie inspired suits, the band filled the venue with a sense of love and camaraderie, playing off each other as they performed tracks including Naturally and Addicted To Sunshine, which saw members of the crowd swaying on each others shoulders during the breezy sing-a-long chorus. Sharing a cheeky kiss in Dirt Cheap, wobbly guitar lines simmered under Louis’ effortlessly laid back vocal melodies accompanied by a lustrous clarinet moment.
There’s no doubt Lime Cordiale pump out superb recordings, but there’s an elevated quality to their live set, with their songs reaching a new, rich fullness. Tracks like Money reach new heights with a raucous drum solo from James Jennings and the booming vocals of their adoring audience, whilst their harmonies work on songs like Screw Loose and Temper Temper. Each band members stage presence exudes a confident aura. Louis’ enchanting vocals fill the room, full of charming eccentricities that bring the bands songs’ vivid lyricism to life, whilst Ollie’s magnetic guitar work roars throughout. Lime Cordiale’s tongue-in-cheek approach to performing and electric energy provides for lighter moments of entertainment, as they interact with each other and showcase the strong family presence that has extended throughout the band.
On the road in support of their latest single Facts Of Life, the track is the perfect dose of Lime Cordiale's signature summer drenched sonics. Striking melodies from keyboardist Felix Bornholdt glistened beneath hazy guitar work, and captured the youthful and boisterous exploration of the bands music. The set found its quieter moment in Waking Up Easy, with the brothers performing a stripped back rendition of the track. Followed by Louis taking a polaroid snap of his brother with the crowd to commemorate the evening, before Nicky Nightmare treated us to a mesmerising trombone solo as beams of lights shimmered behind him.
Energetic throughout the show, the crowd erupted during Robbery, No Plans To Make Plans, which saw Louis pull out his infamous kazoo and also scale the 2.5 metre speaker to get a better look of the crowd, and the bands cover of Divinyls’ classic hit, I Touch Myself. One crowd member held a sign up on her phone for the majority of the show pleading with the band to play the cover, which was met with wild cheers from the audience. Rob Charles executed an outstanding lighting plan for the show, filling the venue with lush tones and streaming glimmers of light, with DJM Creative’s work on The Rions’ set perfectly creating aureate tones and red-based hues that glowed around the band. Closing their set with Inappropriate Behaviour, Lime Cordiale had treated their audience to a night of brimming cheer, with crowd members left wanting more.
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FACTS OF LIFE TOUR MAY 2022
Presented by, Lime Cordiale, Chugg Music and Select Music
With special guests The Rions
Thursday 5 May | The Great Hall @ Wollongong Uni, Wollongong NSW
Saturday 7 May | Nightquarter, Sunshine Coast QLD
Sunday 8 May | Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff NSW
Thursday 12 May | Odeon Theatre, Hobart TAS
Friday 13 May | Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA
Saturday 14 May | Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour NSW
UK + EUROPE HEADLINE TOUR
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER + NOVEMBER 2022
Tuesday 28 June | Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL - SOLD OUT
Thursday 30 June | Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL
Sunday 03 July | St Pauli, Hamburg DE
Wednesday 31 August | Institute2 , Birmingham UK
Thursday 01 September | Academy 2, Manchester UK
Monday 05 September | The Garage, Glasgow UK
Tuesday 06 September | Academy2, Sheffield UK - SOLD OUT
Wednesday 07 September | O2 Academy2, Oxford UK - SOLD OUT
Thursday 08 September | Bristol Academy, Bristol UK - SOLD OUT
Monday 12 September | Phoenix, Exeter UK
Tuesday 13 September | Electric Ballroom, London UK
Wednesday 14 September | Electric Ballroom, London UK - SOLD OUT
Thursday 29 September | The Academy, Dublin IE - SOLD OUT
Monday 03 October | Patterns, Brighton UK - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 04 October | Boule Noire, Paris FR
Wednesday 05 October | AB, Brussels BE
Monday 10 October | Strom, Munich DE
Thursday 13 October | Papiersaal, Zurich CH
Saturday 15 October | Legend, Milan IT
Sunday 16 October | Flex, Vienna AT
Monday 17 October | Futurum, Prague CZ
Wednesday 19 October | Franz Club, Berlin DE
Sunday 23 October | Hotel Cecil, Copenhagen DK
Monday 24 October | Krøsset, Oslo NO
Tuesday 25 October | Nalen, Klubb, Sweden SE
Saturday 29 October | Zoom, Frankfurt DE
Sunday 30 October | Theatre, Cologne DE
Tuesday 01 November | El Sol, Madrid ES
Wednesday 02 November | Lau Nau, Barcelona ES