been | Aldous Harding and Perfume Genius

The Auckland Arts Festival this year have offered a really impressive lineup of musical guests. On Thursday night the Auckland crowd was treated to offerings from kindred spirits, the extraordinary Perfume Genius and the stunning Aldous Harding at Silo Park.


Silo Park was home to Laneway Festival in previous years and it always had a great vibe to it right by the water. So it was nice for the Auckland Arts Festival to utilize the space for the musical events, combining it with a food and drink space and an art installation. Perfume Genius  was last in Auckland a few years ago and performed at Kings Arms to an enthusiastic crowd. Aldous Harding graced Laneway Festival here in Auckland only last month to some great reviews.


Perfume Genius kick started the evening’s festivities with such a stellar set. Drawing from his backlog and his latest acclaimed release No Shape. Performing classics such as Normal Song, Queen and the first single from the latest album, Slip Away he was such a delight to watch. Having just completed a string of concert dates in Australia, Perfume Genius wrapped up his tour here in Auckland to great applause.


It’s so electric watching an artist get lost in their music, gyrating and writhing with such fervour. Perfume Genius is truly a queer icon, allowing us to partake in such an indulgent and yet touching set. It was wonderful to have Aldous Harding share the stage for a beautiful performance of Normal Song.


Aldous Harding followed Perfume Genius with her own mesmerizing set. A bewitching performance that was perhaps better suited in a more intimate setting indoors. Performing songs from her latest release Party that included Imagining My Man, Horizon and Swell Does the Skull. There’s definitely no denying Harding’s talent. Her lyrics are delivered with such conviction and emotion it’s hard not to be moved by her. Her words enunciated in the dark of the night staying with you after a while.


Images taken by Chris Zwaagdyk.