The sun is finally beginning to set, much to the delight of everyone at the Melbourne Zoo. While it meant most of the animals had long since shied away back into their shelters, the sun would also shy and stop showering the punters in a torrential array of heat. Waves upon waves of picnic blankets cover the grounds from top to bottom and children run back and forth until they too are near collapse. Watching over them, their parents take a sip of cider or beer (depending on their choice), most likely the first time they’ve been allowed to relax in a long while. Such is the Melbourne Zoo Twilight Series.

Dreamy–folk duo Luluc provide the introduction to the night’s festivities. Armed with two acoustic guitars to complement their melancholy voices, the two appear to be pretty much the musical epitome of the festival’s name. The band is fairly reserved onstage, addressing the audience only a few times during their set. Neither party seems particularly bothered about this though, instead taking this moment of the night to find a place to get comfortable. Light strings that flicker like half burnt candles fill the air around, so gentle as not even the lions interrupt it. As the two piece walk away, the atmosphere is unlike any other, it is pure peace.

With almost an hour between performers, most of the audience pull themselves either to their baskets of picnic food or the food caravan parked way away from the stage. Collapsing with full bellies, the audience watches as Sarah Blasko appears on the stage and the drums begin bellowing. Throwing herself into the moody ‘I Awake’ off the album of the same name, the dark pop songstress croons at the audience, seemingly sending unto them the night itself through her voice. The audience, however, is a bit too relaxed and carefree, more concerned with their own happenings than that of which that is happening onstage. It’s a vibe the night has held since its beginning, but it hasn’t interfered with anything until now.

Despite the lacking attention span of her audience, Blasko still is giving it her all. Belting out tracks from mostly her newest album, the vocalist truly proves her worth as she fluctuates between new writings and old. Tracks like ‘We Won’t Run’ showcase the little differences between all Blasko’s works, while keeping the tone and flow of the show unbroken. Even if the audience hasn’t taken her work seriously tonight, Blasko herself has, and that’s why she is one of the most beloved contemporary Australian artists.

Cleatus Glob

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