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Hailing from the country most actively redefining gender equality, 29-year-old Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo fearlessly stands up against the gender expectations the music industry places on her peers.

Breaking out the kind of free-form dance moves one might reserve to the comfort of their bedroom, Tove Lo owned every part of that stage in her kick-ass, personalised yellow and green Fairy Dust, Fire Fade track suit – looking every bit as though she might just nip out and kill Bill, should she ever finish slaying on stage. Whether gyrating or head banging, the mood was one long rush of feminist sexuality and body-pride. Her control of the show extended not just over the stage, but to the entire venue, with 600 hands joining hers in the air with each gesture, and the songstress literally conducting the crowd during singalongs. Soaking up the electric energy from the captivated, live-wire audience, she shared her music, her soul and her body. Not because she had to, but because she wanted to. And she can.

Supported by the energetic and talented Sydney family effort Tigertown, who brought along their honest-to-goodness electric pop energy to hype up the crowd. Rocking out the kind of music you can’t help but dance along to, the group appeared in their element and really held their own with Tove Lo’s fans.

Whilst the small size of St Kilda’s Prince Bandroom brings with it a certain intimacy, I can’t help but feel the act was deserving of a larger stage, and hope to see Tove’s message spread to a larger crowd next tour.

Words by Mini Rosé
Photography by Christopher Cohen

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