Photo by Pat Stevenson
It’s been three long years since Golden Features was last in Queensland but our favourite masked producer was back and played a huge set of new and old material at Brisbane’s Eatons Hill that did not disappoint. This tour is the Aussie’s largest headline tour to date in support of his debut album ‘SECT’ which is some of his most experimental and best work yet. I never imagined attending a Golden Features show on a weekday, but there were priorities and work the next day was not one of them.
The highly anticipated show started with Sydney’s Nyxen taking to the decks to perform a set of bouncy originals and remixes to the eager early comers. The crowd quickly grew as LA’s Big Wild took the stage with an electrifying performance thrashing his electric kit to give the crowd a much-needed rev up for what was to follow. The sold out crowd were packed in the venue, well ready for the headliner as the lights dimmed and the gothic like stage setup came to life.
Golden Features appeared centre stage opening with his latest single and album opener ‘Always’ that blared through the speakers then transitioning into the absolute monster drop of ‘Do You?’. He managed to play majority of his music with plenty of new material including first single from his album ‘Falling Out’, closely followed by his known late night bangers ‘Funeral’, ‘No One’ and ‘Tell Me’.
Each song was welcomed with a smooth changeover of deep, bass heavy trance, the familiar lyrics “So mean, so lean” would make an appearance every once in a while to keep everyone on their toes. New tunes ‘Renewal’ and ‘Meditate’ managed to kick the crowd up a gear, his signature thunderous bass booming through the speakers and all ages crowd were capable of producing an earthquake through Brisbane.
The tease of ‘Guillotine’ continued and just as that irresistible, dirty chorus was to drop, he went into a Presets track? Obviously no one cared, but it was time to “drop like a Guillotine”. If you’ve ever seen this track send a house party wild, then imagine that but the entire sold out Eatons Hill.
Recent single ‘Worship’ allowed us to praise the masked producer and end his set with a crowd sing-along to ‘Telescope’, well to what we thought was the end. He walked off stage but soon returned to conclude with an almighty ending of gut wrenching drops and a phenomenal light show. Golden Features removed his mask revealing his true self and thanked the sold out Queensland crowd.
It had been way too long since Golden Features had played in Brisbane and had the city ecstatic to finally have the Aussie producer back on stage. He’s known to take his sweet time between shows and music releases, however has shown it’s well worth the wait. The new material from ‘SECT’ fits perfectly within the set amongst his many classic bangers to put on an incredible live show. The masked producer didn’t say a single word through the entire performance, however kept his sold out crowd engaged the entire time and flaunted why he’s one of Australia’s best electronic artists and live acts. If you haven’t bought tickets for his national tour yet, I highly recommended you do so immediately.
Review by Christian Kaftritsas