REVIEW: Ladi6 live at Big Day Out Auckland
There was no better place for the crowd to capture a little bit of Kiwi soul at the Big Day Out in Auckland yesterday than taking in the sounds of Ladi6 on the Lakeside stage - a late afternoon set perfectly accompanied by the best backdrop on site.
Dancing amongst the hundreds of floating swan feathers at Western Springs Park, punters braved the log-jam between the Lakeside, Aroha and Tamaki stages to watch their Ladi entertain the local masses.
Accompanied by live drums, a DJ and a backup singer, Ladi6 kicked things off with ‘Burnin’ from her 2013 album ‘Automatic.’ The single ‘Ikarus’ came next - and being a radio hit, had the crowds buzzing.
A slow and sensual cover of Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down’ served as the opener to Ladi’s own ‘Bang Bang’ before the first real sing-a-long track, ‘People Talking,’ echoed across the grounds.
Throughout her set, Ladi took the opportunity to chat to the crowd, introducing one of her tracks ‘Blaze Up’ - with a description that unsurprisingly drew an eruption of cheers from the audience.
“This might be a bit immature, but ever since I was a teenager I wanted to write a song about weed,” she declared before singing the personal tune in front of a screen boasting roaring flames.
But the fire was soon doused for one of Ladi6’s biggest hits, ‘Like Water,’ which certainly drew the biggest applause from the crowd, thanks to its chart-topping success back in 2011.
Closing out her set with ‘Goodday’ - before which Ladi gave props to Big Day Out’s beautiful new scenic venue - this set was certainly one of the highlights of the festival.