Live Review + Galleries: Grinspoon, Private Function and Cupid & The Stupids at City Hall, Hobart 03.11.2023

Iconic Aussie rock band Grinspoon‘s ‘Easy Detention Tour’ rolled into Hobart last night with an electric show from go to whoa, as each band in the lineup successively ramped up the excitement before culminating with the headliners playing a mash-up of songs from their two albums, Easy and New Detention.

First up were Byron Bay’s elegant punk-popsters, Cupid and The Stupids, who surprised many, treating the early arrivals to a set full of vigour and energy (and even some tambourine and tap-dancing).

If Cupid and The Stupids warmed the steadily gathering audience up, then Melbourne’s Private Function poured on the petrol and set them ablaze with a blistering set full of fast and furious punk anthems. Their performance, delivered in the chaotically-frenzied splendour that only this band can, served to exponentially raise the heat for the main act to follow.

As the crowd swelled to near-capacity, Grinspoon took to the stage, and delivered a highly polished and exuberant performance of songs from the two albums that passed their 20 year anniversaries during the lockdowns and live-performance slow-downs at the heights of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as a smattering of other hits from across the band’s esteemed career. The crowd fed off of the energy created and sang along with gusto, and even saw the reappearance of the crowd-surfing so popular years ago when Grinspoon first hit the airwaves…..and this was not 20 year-olds, but many of the Grinners original fans now aged well into their 30’s.

This was certainly a great night out, with thanks to Metropolis Touring, Vandemonian Touring and On The Map PR.

All photos: ©fullonrockphotography/Andrew Fuller

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