Passenger at the Tivoli

On Thursday night, Mike Rosenberg, a.k.a. Passenger, took the stage of the Tivoli, with just his guitar in tow. He quickly quipped that most people expect a band instead of a solo-act, and that no, he would not be offering refunds as a result.

Photography by Lachlan Douglas.
Photography by Lachlan Douglas.

If you are not familiar with Passenger, he shot to fame in 2014 with his hit song Let Her Go. As he says himself, the song fell out of the sky and catapulted him from the street corners that he had been busking on to fame. Did you know that he even backpacked around Australia to escape the cold, and performed around Queensland? You might have even seen him play and not known!

While most of Passenger‘s music is melancholic, he broke up the night with endless banter and wit. What made the concert so entertaining (apart from the music), was his humility and sense of humour. Between songs, he chatted and joked, and laughed with the audience, even yelling back to the crowd. His personality shone through throughout his entire performance, as he shared anecdotes and the stories behind his songs. He even changed the lyrics to his songs to Queensland locations, which made us love him even more!

Photography by Lachlan Douglas.
Photography by Lachlan Douglas.

The entire audience sung along to every song, particularly belting out the lyrics to I Hate, a song about the things that annoy him. When it came to play To Be Free however, he asked for the audience to be silent. And with that, the entire theatre hushed, to take in the story of his grandparents who were Jewish refugees.

Would we see Passenger again? Definitely! We loved every minute of his captivating performance. Head to the Tivoli website for a full list of what’s on!

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By Kate Nutting