Gig Review: Lawson

By Stephanie Marinkovic

Lawson, a UK pop-rock band, performed on Thursday night in Sydney and oh my goodness, the entire night was amazing!

The lovely up-and-coming Australian artist, Sinead Burgess was their supporting act. She was also one of the support acts for The Script last week and I think she won a few hearts in the crowd. However, I must admit that that I didn’t watch all that much of her performance but what I did manage to hear was pretty good.

When Lawson finally made it to the stage (after a quick meet and greet which my sister was lucky enough to attend) the crowd did not stop screaming for a solid 2 minutes. I’m pretty sure the decibel level was off the charts and I think my eardrums were burst before the concert even started (okay, that’s a slight exaggeration but it was crazy!)

What I found equally crazy and incredible was the dedication of their fans. I was so surprised to see that almost every member of the audience could sing their songs perfectly. Let’s be honest, a lot of people probably haven’t heard much of them in Australia until recently (if at all) but here were hundreds of screaming fangirls who had made sure they knew every word to impress their “boys”. And impressed they were indeed.

The concert ended with Standing in the Dark, which began with the crowd (with some prompts by lead singer Andy Brown) taking over and singing the first verse and chorus word-for-word. Bassist Ryan Fletcher looked ecstatic that people actually knew the song he co-wrote. It was just so awesome to see how astounded he was by the whole thing (and with that, I fell in love – oops)

You can see what I’m talking about here 





Though I’m not sure if this is the entire setlist,  I know they also sang:

  • Everywhere You Go
  • Gone
  • Anybody Out There
  • Learn to Love Again
  • Stolen
  • Waterfall
  • Taking Over Me
  • When She Was Mine
  • The Girl I Knew (Andy really deserves all the credit for this one. I was just him and his guitar and it was perfect)

They also did their own covers of Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child and Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger. As a massive fan of Maroon 5, nothing can live up to Adam Levine’s perfection but Andy did a pretty good job.

Possibly a highlight of the night (or at least of the pictures I took) was the hilarious facial expressions guitarist Joel Peat made while performing.



Joel and Andy

Joel and Andy

Drummer Adam Pitts was sadly out of my line of sight for most of the night. However, thanks to my camera and the awesome zoom capabilities, it made me feel like I could actually see what he was up to.



The concert really was absolutely fantastic. I’ve recommended them already, but you really should check them out. Their album Chapman Square is out now on iTunes and Spotify. If their tweets are anything to go by, they adored Australia (Ryan said we were the most attractive audience, so why wouldn’t they) and they’ll definitely be back soon.

Steph @ frangipani princess xoxo

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