On Friday, September 13, Australian singer and songwriter HAYDEN JAMES took the stage at San Francisco’s historic Regency Ballroom. Following opening sets by FARR and NAATIONS, the house lights went black as four frames of light illuminated the space in cobalt blue, and his 2015 hit “Something About You” opened the show. The stationary four frames started larger toward the front and decreased in size as they moved further back on the stage giving the illusion of depth and often leaving James in a silhouette.
James played most of the songs off his album 'Between Us' and even brought along vocalists BOY MATTHEWS, NAT DUNN, alongside FARR and NAATIONS to join on their featured tracks. The set also featured remixes of DUKE DUMONT’s “Ocean Drive” and DAFT PUNK’s iconic “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” which both had the crowd singing along. The middle of the set included a slower tempo breakdown of “Permission to Love” before energy picked back up. James closed the show with “Just Friends.”
I have been a fan of Hayden James’ music for a while and this was the best production I’ve seen from him to date. The Regency Ballroom is a beautiful venue that still proved to be intimate given the sell out crowd. The stage design was understated but still created visuals that were stunning from the crowd. My favorite moments were definitely singing along to “Nowhere to Go” and “Just Friends,” and being surprised with live vocalists on so many tracks.
With more than half of the U.S. stops remaining, the “Between Us” Tour is something you definitely don’t want to miss. For more information, visit Hayden James’ official website.