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Live Review: Sting – A Day On The Green, Brisbane 2023


A Day On The Green is fast becoming a favourite of us at Hear 2 Zen. Set amongst the picturesque Sirromet Winery, south east of Brisbane, it is a day of sights, sounds and great vibes. You can see musical greats mixed in with local legend and new and emerging talent. There is truly something for everyone. For this edition, we were treated to rock royalty, namely Sting.

Joe Sumner kicked off proceedings and while following in his father, and headliners shoes into music, he walks a mile in his own shoes, providing amazing vocals with smooth and inviting guitar playing. He is a talent in his own right and was well received by the already growing crowd.

Joe Sumner Set List
Looking For Me Looking For You / You You You / I’m Losing My Mind / I Will See You Again / Live Life / Jellybean / Hope

Next up was James Reyne, who seem to have a much different energy from the last time we saw him. Last time he was laid back and honestly a little flat. This time he was like a prize fighter swinging. So up beat and energetic and he played the perfect mix of Australian Crawl and Solo tracks backed by a top notch band;

James Reyne Set List
A Little Ol Town South Of Bakersfield / Daughters Of The Northern Coast / Slave / Hammerhead / Downhearted / Reckless / The Boys Light Up / Motor City / Motor’s Too Fast / Errol / Oh No Not You Again / Fall Of Rome

Sting, straight up, using only one name, exudes confidence. You know you are a master of your craft when you only just need one name. Sting has what seems a bottomless well of hit songs, from both The Police and his solo career, but I just want to remind you of what a goddamn master of the bass guitar he is. He mixed between man handling and lovingly finessing it all night.

Clearly all the press relating to bands playing album tracks and not hits, found its way into Stings reading lately as he made the quip “I’ve got some bad news: I’m gonna sing some news songs. You never know, it might be a hit one day!” To be honest with you, the new tracks blended seamlessly with the old, and I couldn’t see anyone in the audience complain. At 71-years-old he moved across the stage with more energy of those half his age and his connection from the front to the back of the crowd was mesmerising and energetic.

I have read today, that a lot of people are unhappy with the time it takes to get in and out of the venue. Look it can be a bit of a wait, but hey, if you wait until the last minute to get there, you cannot complain when you don’t get to your seat in time. Sirromet is an amazing place and the views and vibe are stunning, so leave plenty of time, get there early, and make a nice chilled day of it. Its worth it

You can catch Sting Feb 21st and 23rd for a stadium shows in Adelaide and Melbourne, and then back on to A Day On The Green in Geelong on February 25th and Bowral on February 26.

Sting Set List
Message In A Bottle / Englishman In New York / Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic / If It’s Love
Rushing Water / If I Ever Lose My Faith In You / Fields Of Gold / Brand New Day / Heavy Cloud No Rain / Shape Of My Heart / Seven Days / What Could Have Been / Wrapped Around Your Finger / Walking On The Moon / So Lonely / Desert Rose / King Of Pain (With Joe Sumner) / Every Breath You Take / Roxanne / Fragile

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