Vance Joy's Intimate Nation of Two World Tour is "Like Gold"

BY WILL HEFFERNAN

On June 15th, under the big tent at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston, fans gathered to watch Vance Joy perform. The Nation of Two world tour was an intimate experience, such that Vance Joy made it feel like the whole concert was one big campfire sing-along.

 PHOTO: Will Heffernan

PHOTO: Will Heffernan

Not only was it an intimate physical experience, the concert was also emotionally intimate as it took the audience on a journey through Vance Joy's life. There were even five visuals behind Joy, clear for the audience to see, that described Joy's life with his album cover being front and center behind the man of the hour. Joy is known for his hit radio song "Riptide" -- inspired by a motel that the musician visited as a kid. In an interview with The Brand Alley blog, Joy explained, "As a child, I used to go on family holidays down the coast of Australia" since he was born in Melbourne.

Alice Merton opened for Joy on his tour and added a different feel to the concert, but still had that life journey to tell. Though Boston was her last stop, Merton is someone in the music industry to pay close attention to. She is known for her song "No Roots" as well as a song called "Holes" that details her struggles of being told "no" so many times, but still getting signed to a record label despite many rejections.

 PHOTO: Will Heffernan

PHOTO: Will Heffernan

After Merton's raw opening act, Vance Joy took the stage to perform his soulful songs including "Fire and the Flood," "Mess Is Mine," "Lay It On Me," "Saturday Sun," and, of course, "Riptide." His songs detailed stories of his life in a venue that fit only 5,200 and still made it feel like he was singing to the audience around a campfire on the beach in Australia. Joy's music made people feel completely relaxed and connected them back to a part of their life they don't often think about -- their childhood.

He talked candidly in between sets and stayed in the same position on the stage due to the fact it was just him and a guitar, which aided in making the atmosphere appear laid-back and serene. Joy even covered "All Night Long" by Lionel Richie and mashed it together with "Sorry" by Justin Bieber, making one big party jam. The performance was one that you never knew you needed to hear with melodies and beats of both songs blending together, seamlessly.

 PHOTO: Will Heffernan

PHOTO: Will Heffernan

The ambience and the lighting perfectly matched the beat of the music; every combination was exciting, yet the concert felt personal at the same time. The tour itself is a must-see summer event as it brings fans together to forget about their daily stresses. The setlist, the types of venues Joy is performing at, and the fact that this tour shows Joy's best artistry to date all come together to create an experience "like gold."

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