Live Review: Troye Sivan, Tyde Levi, Nicole Millar

15 August 2016 | 4:33 pm | Charmaine de Souza

"The man was right at home on stage, showmanship oozing effortlessly from his pores."

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HBF Stadium GA was looking more like a can of sardines a good hour and a half before Perth's own Troye Sivan was due on stage for the last show of his Australian tour.

Screams were deafening when opening act Nicole Millar started her set; a wave of people crashing against the already-tight standing space. The Sydneysider seemed to genuinely relish her time up there, even getting emotional during a few parts in the set. "I was bullied in high school because I wanted to do music," she said, choking up. "And now here I am." Millar's 30-minute performance was brimming with homegrown talent, the crowd losing their shit during High, the Peking Duk song of which she features. A new track saw a surprise cameo from WA's own Morgan Bain, injecting some new life into the tail end of her set.

Up next was a DJ set from Sivan's brother, Tyde Levi, and he somehow managed to make the crowd even more hyped than they already were, keeping the stands rumbling for a solid 20 minutes.

Before long, an elusive figure emerged from a cloud of smoke and Troye Sivan's distinct voice cut through the crescendo of ecstatic roars. Opener Bite immediately put the crowd into a groove, jumping and singing along to every single word. Sivan had the crowd at his mercy, a simple wave setting the stadium into hysterics. The man was right at home on stage, showmanship oozing effortlessly from his pores. He commented about how surreal it was to travel the world and then come home to see people from high school in the crowd. "Perth will always be my home. This album was pretty much written about Perth," he proudly proclaimed, before reminiscing about singing the national anthem in this very same stadium for a Wildcats basketball game 11 years ago. "Who'd have thunk I'd be selling this out!?"

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Rainbow flags were waving high and proud during Heaven, a song written about Sivan's days as a self-professed "tiny ball of gay anxiety", and how he came to accept himself, while a stripped-back rendition of Happy Little Pill swept the crowd off its feet. A heartfelt moment was shared during Sivan's performance of Suburbia as a sea of "WE MISSED YOU, TROYE" signs emerged from all around the stadium. "I missed you guys, too," he cried out emphatically, stirring a chorus of approval from fans. This certainly was one homecoming that neither performer nor audience will ever forget.