Fremantle Arts Centre might have seen one of its biggest crowds yet for American soul singer Leon Bridges.
Kicking off the Australian leg of The Boundless Tour in Perth on Sunday night, Bridges had hundreds of fans crammed in front of the stage set up behind the much-loved music venue.
But that wasn’t where the audience ended — there were so many people enlivened by Bridges’ return to Australia, that the massive crowd extended almost 50 metres away.
Bridges warmed up the crowd with Begin Again, Steam and Smooth Sailin’ before jumping into some of his more well-known songs like Texas Sun and River.
But it was love song Beyond that really got everyone singing their hearts out. It’s safe to say those living near the arts centre would have felt like they had front-row tickets because the song resonated so loud.
There wasn’t much interaction between Bridges and the crowd, aside from the occasional “how are you going Perth?” or “are there any single ladies here tonight?”
And while he might have been a little hard to understand at times — it’s unclear whether that was a mixing issue or just him perhaps mumbling — there was one phrase that was repeated amongst the crowd for the entirety of the night.
“Holy s*** he’s amazing!”
Bridges put on a show that not only highlighted his incredible talent but also the musical artistry of his whole band.
Whether it was letting each band member have their own solo, or hyping up his backup singers during the whole set, Bridges made sure everyone had their moment in the spotlight, and the fans loved him for it.
Bridges continues his tour in Adelaide on September 27 before making his way to Melbourne and Brisbane and will wrap up in Sydney in early October.
Fremantle Arts Centre