Enmore Theatre, NSW Australia – 21/02/15
Halfway through her set at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney, Australia – Lindsey Stirling took a break to briefly talk about her career and how she made it to where she is now. A violinist, well known for her incredible video game and pop culture renditions that shot straight into fame via YouTube and social media, has said no one believed in her because she’s different from the rest of the market. They were right, she was different.
I wasn’t quite sure of what to expect from Lindsey Stirling as I’ve mostly heard her covers more than the original songs. When she took the stage and played Beyond the Veil, one of her tracks from the latest album Shatter Me – I never really expected an amazing fusion of dramatic classical violin and dubstep. Two very different genres brilliantly mixed by Lindsey Stirling and her band members – Jason (Keyboard/Samples) and Drew (Percussion).
Lindsey kept a vibrant and energetic presence on stage for the whole set showcasing not only her raw violin talent but her jaw-dropping dance moves. If Lyn-Z from MSI can play her bass while back bending, the acrobatic Lindsey can pull it off on stage with her violin as well which she did multiple times during the set.
“…showcasing not only her raw violin talent but her jaw-dropping dance moves.”
While the majority of the show was full tilt, Lindsey did take it down a notch with a few pieces including an acoustic piece and a dreamy ‘Lord of the Rings‘ medley – which was probably the song that really made the show for me. With no electronic backing – the medley turned the whole spotlight onto her and she performed some of the most memorizing parts of the trilogy topped with an unexpected vocal part to cap it off. Some short commentary afterwards, Jason asked the crowd about whether Lindsey should sing more in the future. The crowd yells in strong confirmation, so maybe the next album?
It was a non-stop thrill ride from start to finish, as I left the Enmore Theatre scratching my head trying to understand how Lindsey managed to keep the momentum pushing throughout the whole set without fail. Her on-stage performance combined with her excellent songs and personality really made her show at the Enmore a night to remember. She truly is different.