Doe-eyed, baby-faced, twenty-year-old Troye Sivan delighted a mixed crowd at the Birmingham Institute with his charming, emotion-driven mix of electro-pop.
Born in South Africa, this Western Australian act has sky-rocketed to stardom after the release of his Wild EP last year. A firm favourite by the likes of Adele, and his fellow record label star – Taylor Swift – put him in good stead to rise to the top, quickly.
Drawing in a substantial crowd, this pop newbie had everyone singing from his opening track, Bite. Lit by the dim but ethereal backdrop of LED housing, Troye seamlessly worked his way through his set with tracks such as Fools, Suburbia and Wild.
Pausing mid-way through the evening to talk to the adoring fans, it was clear to see why he has struck a chord with so many. Explaining briefly how his songs are influenced by his struggles when growing up and how he realised he was coming to terms with his sexuality. This roused the audience before settling down into a stripped-down cover of Amy Winehouse’s iconic Love Is A Losing Game followed by an acoustic rendition of Happy Little Pill.
He finished with an encore of Youth which the audience had clearly been waiting for and thanked everyone for the amazing tour.
Although the set was only an hour long, which is short in comparison to some of the major players, Troye has managed to cement himself a sturdy set that hardcore fans are likely to stick with. It seems like it’s early days yet, but full of potential and good things to come.
(Words Laura Meades)