Everyone enjoys a birthday treat at the town hall

Dunedin Town Hall
Tuesday November 7
Reviewed by Jono Edwards

Lorde's Dunedin show last night was an intimate spectacle in which it was unclear whether she or the audience were having a better time.

The singer looked overwhelmed as the 2000-strong crowd at the town hall chanted Happy Birthday to celebrate her 21st and her smile was beaming throughout most of the show.

Wellington rock trio Mermaidens warmed concert-goers with their hypnotic tones

Then the curtain dropped revealing the word Melodrama and a retro television front-of-stage flicked through channels.

Lorde opened with club bangers Homemade Dynamite and Magnets.

The artist was confident and energetic as she busted out her trademark ''ugly dancing'' across the stage, the small venue adding to the electric atmosphere.

Lorde performing at the Dunedin Town Hall last night. Photo: James Hall
Lorde performing at the Dunedin Town Hall last night. Photo: James Hall

''Holy s***, we are playing a show in New Zealand on my birthday,'' she said when she first addressed the crowd.

She would be unlikely to do a ''yardie'' to celebrate her 21st birthday, but said she might drink a shot later.

Later, she talked about how when she first played the Dunedin venue in 2014 it seemed enormous.

She said it felt ''less giant'' on her return, but ensured the crowd they looked ''just as beautiful'' as they did then.

The shrieking of fans never died out as she switched between early hits like Royals and Team mixed with the newer Perfect Places and Sober.

The room was illuminated by cellphone light during the chillingly sincere Liability for which the crowd chanted along with the singer.

Even the seated sections were filled with dancers during the anthem Green Light.

During the brief encore of Loveless she draped herself in a New Zealand flag thrown on stage by Dunedin superfans, before slipping away.

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