Live Review: Flint Eastwood’s Sydney show was in a league of its own

What the Detroit singer’s performance at the Lansdowne lacked in length was more than made up for in heart and spectacular energy

Sydney was blessed with an electrifying performance from rising indie pop star Jax Anderson, aka Flint Eastwood, on Thursday night. The Detroit singer/songwriter took the stage at the Lansdowne Hotel for one of three East Coast shows ahead of her appearance at Farmer and the Owl.

The evening kicked off with a set from Melbourne artist Blush’ko, who was joined by two other instrumentalists. The trio provided silky smooth electro-soul that was made all the more infectious by top-notch vocals and some incredible guitar work.

Flint took to the stage soon after with her DJ, launching into ‘Push’, her 2017 collaboration with Tunde Olaniran. From the very first beat, the singer’s ferocious energy was palpable and brought the crowd together in no time flat. This connection lasted throughout her entire set, as she started massive singalongs and brought everyone down to the floor before causing an eruption of jumping bodies.

Her bond with the audience was sustained in-between her songs as well. While giving spiels, she would step away from the mic to address everyone directly, creating a sense of genuine intimacy not felt in many gigs I’ve been to. A particularly stirring moment came just before her pride anthem ‘Real Love’ when she outlined her experience with religion – namely, finding out that her church was running conversion therapy for young females questioning their sexuality. Anderson dedicated the song to these girls, promising them that real love can be found by accepting yourself. Combined with the especially passionate performance that followed it, the speech was nothing short of goosebump-inducing.

After humorously assuring us there wouldn’t be an encore, the singer ended with her beloved self-empowerment anthem, ‘Queen’, which was perhaps even more powerful live than recorded, given Anderson’s incredible explosive stage presence. Though the set was short, it was unbelievably memorable, and proved that Flint Eastwood should unquestionably be celebrated as one of the best live performers of our time.