LIVE REVIEW: Holy Holy + Queen P @ The Forum, Melbourne

Words + Pics: Paris Gorozidis

INDIE rock band Holy Holy finally made it to Melbourne to complete their Port Road Tour with Queen P at the weekend.

The original duo, Timothy Carroll and Oscar Dawson were joined on stage with touring musicians Graham Ritchie and Matt Redlich last Friday night at The Forum Melbourne, playing two sets in one night (an early and a late set) to accommodate for COVID capacity restrictions.

The show (originally scheduled for the 12th of February) was opened by special guest Queen P, whose R&B infused soul sound inspires listeners. She was rocking a beautiful head piece, paired with her blonde curls giving off serious Gwen Stefani vibes. 

Holy Holy kicked off with ‘Maybe You Know’ (placed #61 in 2019’s Triple J’s Hottest 100). I was so happy and thrilled to see fans standing up during the set (as compared to the first show of the tour in Melbourne, back in February, which was allocated seats), jumping and dancing to the sweet sound of live music: a flood of fans were singing and shouting along with front man and singer, Tim. Lead guitarist, Oscar, played some soulful and exhilarating riffs paired with his wife Ellie on backing vocals, which really set the bar for relationship goals. 

The set list was accompanied with songs ‘Faces’, ‘You Cannot Call For Love Like A Dog’, ‘Port Road‘ and their latest release – played for the first time in Melbourne – ‘How You Been’. This definitely made the wait for fans well worth it! 

The encore for the night included two extra songs, as the Holy Holy duo walked off the stage, fans shouted “ONE MORE SONG”, when they came back out they replied – “I know you really wanted one more song but we are going to play two,” – Oscar. The first song for the encore was a touching acoustic version of ‘Sentimental and Monday’, really plucking of the heart strings of fans. This was then followed by an absolute banger ‘True Lovers‘ to finish off the show! 

Check out the full gallery of pics here.