Owl City – All Things Bright and Beautiful Tour

24 August 2011

Written by: KATE SCARFF

Only two years into his career, singer songwriter, Adam Young became one of the most talked about artists in the music industry. Fireflies, from his third album, Ocean Eyes, reached the number one spot in 24 countries.

Two years on, 24-year-old Young, the musical genius behind electro-pop project, ‘Owl City’, has finally arrived Down Under to promote his new album, All Things Bright and Beautiful.

On Wednesday night, an exceptionally long line of Owl City fans cued outside Billboard nightclub in Melbourne, waiting patiently to see their Adam perform his greatest hits and new creations.

Upon entry at 8pm, everybody flocked to the front of the stage and within an hour, the club was filled to its maximum. Fortunately, I was one of the lucky ones who managed to gain a spot right at the front.

Being surrounded by a throng of screaming teenage girls waiting impatiently for Young to make an appearance certainly had its challenges, but that’s the price you pay to be up close and personal with an idol.

By 10pm, the Owl City band accompaniment was on stage, although Young was nowhere in sight. By this stage, my eardrums were already sore, as the squeals became more prominent left, right and centre.

Young refused to disappoint, as upon his entry, the club immediately became enchanted with the sound of birds chirping in fresh clover fields, a notable Owl City characteristic.

As the stage lights became more and more luminescent, Owl City’s All Things Bright and Beautiful album cover, which complemented the sound effects was unveiled as the backdrop. The entire crowd went wild as Young started with a drum solo, while being awash with red laser lights.

Young made his way centre stage where he played his electric guitar and sang The Real World, the very first song from his new album, as the crowd waved their arms in the air.

Within two hours, Young had managed to perform around 20 tracks, many from his last two albums, and with every one of them, there were multitudes of people singing along to every lyric.

Throughout the entire concert, Young came across as such a free spirit and constantly interacted with the crowd. He threw off his shoes and jumped around, making us feel we were no longer in a club, but rather in his living room.

Young concluded the night with the magical, How I became the sea, which coincidently happens to be the last song on his new album.

‘You make me feel so special. God bless you,’ said Young as he left the stage. ‘Melbourne I love you. See you soon’.

After the reception he received on the night, there seems no doubt  Owl City will return to Australia in the near future.

Gianna Dalla-Vecchia is a second year Bachelor of Journalism student at La Trobe University.  Follow her on twitter @promenadewithme