In the Flesh! Illy @ The Tivoli


Pics – Zach Hogg
Review – Richelle Allan

The Tivoli was bursting at the seams on Saturday night as swarms of fans gathered for Illy’s last show of his Two Degrees tour. Australia’s favourite rapper released his fifth album Two Degrees late 2016 after much anticipation from fans, and what a major success it was. Scoring him six ARIA nominations and his first ever number 1 album on the charts.


Fans who were lucky enough to score tickets to Illy’s sold out show were treated to a jam packed night that just kept getting crazier and crazier and crazier. The Stunning Melbourne soloist Maribelle was the first of Illy’s support acts. She brought a powerful performance with her RnB and pop infused tunes to the stage, the crowd could not keep their eyes off her as she showed off her impressive vocal range.


Up Next were the mischievous hip hop duo Nick Lupi and Just Enuf, from Spit Syndicate, who had the crowd fist pumping from the moment they stepped onto the stage. Giving us a listen to their popular head banging song Know Better. The crowd could not get enough of the pair.

spit syndicate

They saved the best support act for last. Paces, DJ and electronica legend was last to the stage, making sure it was nice and warm for Illy to later make his grand appearance. Paces brought all his energy to this set alongside two very talented hip-hop dancers. He played a killer remix of LDRU’s Keeping Score, which sent the crowd absolutely bonkers. He then finished on his smash hit Savage, during which he surprised the audience with Melbourne vocalist Nyne, who together blew up the stage.



The crowd was already raging and calling 20 minutes before Illy was to grace the stage. Every time a song would finish everyone would cheer and jump around in hope that it might be time for the man of the hour to make his appearance. As the clock hit 9.30 the room went dark and the tunes began to play. The crowd screamed and out ran Illy opening up with Forget It from his 2016 record, Two Degrees.

In memory of his beloved Nan, who recently passed away, he dedicated a heartfelt performance of On & On to her. Which pulled on all of our heart strings. The lighting and stage was kept simple yet bright and fun the whole performance, keeping Illy the focus of all our attention. It was an incredible experience to see Illy perform his remix of Peking Duk’s High along with the rest of his smash hits Catch 22, Swear jar and Papercuts, He truly is a very admirable and talented artist. As his fans would quote “it was a fully sick night”!


The highlight of the night would no doubt have to be the crowd. It was an incredible sight to see fans going so hard the whole entire time. There was not a single moment when fans weren’t fist pumping and sending their bodies wild. There’s no doubt Illy’s fans are definitely the most dedicated and hard-core group I have ever met.


Illy loved being immature and mischievous in between songs. He was having loads of fun trying to get the crowd to say inappropriate slang to him and of course his fans would do anything he’d say.


Zach Hogg

Zach's got it all-looks, charm, charisma and a deadly aim with the lens. He likes to assemble Ikea furniture, quote early Simpsons episodes and pretending to understand art. He'll break your heart.

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