Golden Features @ The Metro Theatre
In his first year of performing under the moniker Golden Features, Tom Stell was being heralded as the most exciting breakthrough artist of 2014 and certainly one to watch. Almost overnight Stell gained momentum with a number of big name collaborations, including Nicole Millar and Thelma Plum. He has also played various slots at some of Australia’s most loved festivals, including Splendour in the Grass and Field Day, earning himself a bunch of intensely loyal (albeit rowdy) fans. Now flash-forward to 2015 and this momentum hasn’t been lost, with Golden Feature’s second EP XXIV having just dropped in June.
To celebrate this release, Golden Features embarked on a national tour that saw him bring his signature underground sound into an intimate live setting. After seven shows, four of which were sold out, it all ended on Saturday night with an explosive final show at Sydney’s Metro Theatre. The result? Bodies moved, the building was dripping with condensation and all cards were laid on the table.
Local legends Eratik and Stephane 1993 kicked off the night showcasing pulsing electronic music as people flooded in and began to occupy the dance floor. Next American duo The M Machine performed and captivated the audience with deep house before launching into the last 15 minutes with a range of familiar club anthems.
After these killer sets, the crowd was restless with anticipation for Golden Features to finally come out. His set began with hit song ‘Tell Me’ after which he seamlessly blazed through the set, accompanied by a range of visuals and lights which flashed in sync with the music, only adding to the electric club atmosphere as he powered through songs from his first EP, remixes and new material.
An hour later there was no signs of the show finishing as Stell dropped long-awaited crowd favourites ‘Guillotine’ paired with remixes of Rae Sremmurd’s ‘No Flex Zone’ and Flume x Chet Faker ‘Drop The Game’. People danced relentlessly where they could find space as the audience spread into every corner of The Metro, from the stage, back to the bar. The end of his set was met with a roaring crowd chanting for more, prompting him to play recent single ‘Telescope’ – a song with a thumping melody and husky vocals from K.Flay.
Golden Features had fans eating out of the palm of his hand the whole night, and it was clear to see why he’s developed a cult following lately. One of the most incredible parts of Golden Features’ performance was his ability to connect with fans, briefly pausing every now and then to dance, hitting all the right accents along with the crowd. Not only is this artist insanely talented, he’s also very passionate and the XXIV tour proved this.