On January 7th 2020, Ella Mai performed at a sold out show at Sydney Opera House. This also happened to be the last show of her 365 day debut tour. Ella Mai’s domination has spanned across Europe, America, Asia and everywhere in-between, with the world falling in love with her undeniable talent.
Originally discovered by DJ Mustard on Instagram, her r&b sound is filled with sassy break-up bops and love anthems that make you wanna boo up. She started her 90 minute set with Good Bad and made her way through her self-titled album, performing Dangerous, Sauce and Whatchamacallit featuring Chris Brown.
Ella also dropped in throwbacks for her day one fans, performing favourites She Don’t featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 10,000 Hours—a relatable song about being young and wanting to have fun but also wanting to master that forever type of love.
The iconic venue added to the grandeur and power of her performance. With every song that she sang, the crowd adored every word. The sound of everyone singing along echoed in the venue and throughout the entire concert, everyone was screaming their hearts out in admiration for her.
Her band and back-up singers were incredibly talented and matched Ella’s energy perfectly, even joining in for an acapella version of Gut Feeling featuring H.E.R. During the show, Universal Music came up on stage to award Ella with a Platinum Award in recognition for her success in Australia, which was surreal to witness.
For the second half of her set, she performed Shot Clock and the rest of her album—Run My Mouth, Naked and Cheap Shot, amongst others. When it came to the Grammy award winning Boo’d Up, everyone was jumping around and singing along.
We didn’t want her show to end but she said her goodbyes with her most played love anthem—Trip. What we love about Ella is that the connection she has with her fans and the connection that listeners have to her music is pure. She’s all about self-love, confidence and rising above heartbreak. Her ability to bring you into the world that she paints through her lyrics, makes you feel like you’re personally experiencing the story.
She carries herself with such light and warmth, and she expressed multiple times throughout the concert about how incredibly grateful she was to be able to do what she loves. With this show being her first ever solo show in Australia, it was truly special to experience this milestone and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Ella Mai.
(Thank you SOH for passes to review the show)