Following the worldwide success of his ‘Boy Meet’s World Tour’ across Europe, the thirty-one year old Toronto native, platinum selling recording artist and Grammy award winner Drake brought the show to Australia. The star played three back to back sell out shows at Melbourne’s Rod Laver over three nights.
The sound of the crowd at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena was almost deafening; every single person jumping to their feet as soon as they heard the first beat of Drake’s opening song Free Smoke. Out he comes of the stage with clouds of smoke surrounding him, the crowd screaming back every word to the tune.
Drake’s incredible stage production is a testament to the the enthusiasm and energy that the trailblazer brings to each and every show. The 360 degree stage allowed Drake to interact with every corner of the arena.
The stage featured oscillating lantern like lights that flowed to the rhythm of each song, fireworks and before the night ended a gigantic globe like light in the centre of the stage.
The set list was a combination of both older and newer songs, Drake challenging the Saturday night crowd to keep up with him. Hotline Bling, Headlines, HYFR, and Passionfruit were just some of the singles that had crowds going wild. It was a perfect combination between high tempo music engaging the crowd to dance and slower melodic tunes, Drake telling all the couples in the room to hold each other close. The singer even remarking that he’s ‘never had a relationship last longer than three weeks’.
Towards the end of the night he holds a drink up and toasts to the Melbourne crowd, letting everyone know that Melbourne his ‘home away from home’. And that instead of taking a break and going on a holiday he’s going to take a break to produce ‘the best album he can to come back and play it for everyone.’
Without a doubt the singer has Melbourne in anticipation for his next album and indeed for his next visit.