Angus and Julia Stone close out 2017 with a bang at Observatory

Siblings Angus and Julia Stone brought their sold out Snow Tour to a heartwarming end at The Observatory in Orange County on Thursday night.

The show was the last on a tour in support of the Sydney, Australia folk-and-indie-pop band’s fourth full-length studio record Snow. Fans from all ages filled up the venue awaiting their performance. As soon as they stepped on staged, the crowd gave them a warm southern California welcoming. Following that, the brother and sister duo opened up their performance with their song “Baudelaire.” With hypnotizing visuals on the backdrop and their vocals bouncing from one another, I’d say this was the perfect way to begin their show.

The band kept that momentum going all throughout the show. One thing that stood out to me the most was that they spoke to crowd as if they had been close friends, which made every song that much more personal and raw. For example, before performing their most anticipated song, “Big Jet Plane”, Angus gave the crowd a little background story as to why that song was written, which gave the audience a sense of vulnerability.

The crowd enjoyed their performance so much that they chanted “ONE MORE SONG” after they had finished. And as humble as they are, Angus and Julia happily came back out and performed three more songs, including a cover of Neil Young’s classic “Harvest Moon” — which has been a staple of their setlists on this tour. They then wrapped everything up with another popular song “Chateau”.

It’s safe to say that every single person left satisfied and in good spirits and the band closed their 2017 on a high note. There’s a reason that Angus and Julia Stone are known for delivering killer live performances, and they lived up to that with Thursday night’s performance.

Words and photos by Fred Ayala