Tia Gostelow | Live Review

Lanie Tindale

Photography: Billie-Jean Bullard | @billiejeanbullard | www.billiejeanbullard.com


Tia Gostelow’s first ever Sydney show was at the Oxford Art Factory, so it was fitting that she returned for the end of her seven month national “Thick Skin” tour. Her confidence has grown since that first Sydney show and it showed in this self-assured performance. As she told the crowd, the performance was a “big full circle moment.”


The first support act was Sydney-based act Boyz in Love, who recovered from some early set nerves to entertain the burgeoning crowd. 


The second act, dry Melbournite Gena Rose, dripped in sarcasm and nonchalance. Kudos to her guitarist for stealing the show. 



By the time Tia took to the stage, the crowd was itching to see her. She maintained an energetic performance, opening the set with her second single ‘Vague Utopia’. 


After playing ‘Hunger’ the crowd was hungry for more, and weren’t disappointed with ‘Giants’. The band really hit their stride with ‘Hey Friends’, with drummer Sebastian Jennings Hingston stealing the show. 


The next song was ‘Out of Mind’, the triple j Unearthed entrance which broke her into the industry.


Ballad ‘Blue Velvet’, inspired by Lana Del Ray, who has covered a 1950 song of the same name, slowed down the mood, feeling out of place among the other faster-paced tracks. “I saw lots of swinging and singing, so that’s nice,” Tia commented. The swinging gave way to some bopping with ‘Outer Space’. 


Before upping the energy with the mesmeric ‘Get to It’, Tia spoke about the song’s inspiration: “I learnt a lot about myself this year, I’m sure of myself, I want to get shit done.” Next on the set list was ‘We are the People’ (which she covered for triple j’s Like a Version) and ‘That’s What You Get’.


Tia dedicated ‘Strangers’ to “anybody who’s ever been cheated on,” and finished the set (and her tour) with ‘Phone Me’. Calling the bopper about her boyfriend “[her] favourite song [she’s] ever written.” It was a fitting end to a satisfying set. 



Tia Gostelow played at the Oxford Art Factory on 14 September.