Brisbane pop darling Cheeky Velvet showed everyone she was born to entertain when she took to the stage at the New Globe theatre on Freaky Friday.
Her show promised to be a very colourful affair full of hickeys, sailors, dancing and costumes galore and that’s exactly what she delivered. Opening with a catchy dance number that had Thriller-like choreography and lyrics likening the 6.30PM news to a horror movie, Velvet humorously initiated everyone into the Friday the 13TH mood.
With two dancers and a backing band (made up of members of Scotch & Cider) in tow, Velvet took the audience on a visual and musical adventure. She played songs from her debut EP The Adventures Of Velvet along with covers of pop favourites including UFO (Sneaky Sound System), Man I Feel Like A Woman (Shania Twain), Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (ACDC) and Video Killed The Radio Star (The Bugles) to name a few.
Velvet took the cake as segue Queen too, injecting playful banter between songs that made her show run like a full blown musical theatre production. There were stories about stalkers and ex-boyfriends as well as jokes about hickeys, toyboys, mumma’s boys and those wild nights you can’t remember.
While a majority of the night was spent belting out catchy, fun-filled tunes, Velvet also showed a softer side when she played a stripped back version of her song Placebo. With just a piano and saxophone for accompaniment, she used her voice to convey the confusing and wistful emotions felt when tossing up whether or not someone is good for you.
All in all Cheeky Velvet is a performer of triple threat (dancing, singing, acting) status who is committed to giving her fans the full package. With such a passion for performing and thinking outside the box, I can’t help but wonder if this is what Lady Gaga was like when she first started out?
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Feature image by Jackson Hickman