Tash Sultana Closes Out Largest U.S. Tour with Sold-Out Show in Los Angeles
The Shrine Expo Hall marked the Australian musician’s biggest U.S. stop on the Flow State tour.
Australian musician Tash Sultana bid a two-hour farewell to North American audiences on Saturday (Dec. 1) night at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. Sultana has been playing her largest U.S. excursion since November in support of her full studio album debut, Flow State, which was released on Sultana’s own record label, Lonely Lands Records, in August.
The barefoot Sultana was welcomed to the stage by the sold-out, 6,300-capacity Shrine Expo Hall on Saturday evening as Bob Marley’s “This Is Love” faded into the background. Often referred to as a one-person band, Sultana took her place amongst a neon sculptures of a rainbow, cactus and flamingo and a plethora of instruments.
Enclosed by a variation of the 20 instruments Sultana knows how to play, the multi-talented artist took off with tracks “Seed” and “Big Smoke” as a pair of digital blinking eyes gave way to a kaleidoscope of images behind her. Delivering on the fervent and earnest performances she has become notorious for, Sultana dashed around her platform layering instrument upon instrument with her loop-pedal expertise.
In a mostly non-stop two-hour set, Sultana stopped to thank the Los Angeles crowd for their ever-growing support. The Australian artist paused to reminisce on her first LA show that she performed less than two years ago to 300 people at the Echo in February of 2017.
“I’m glad you told your friends,” Sultana told the crowd that was eagerly pressed against the stage in the long hall. The Shrine Expo Hall also marked the largest venue of her current U.S. dates.
The North American Flow State tour came to a close after Sultana played her largest rooms in the country to date including two sold-out shows at New York’s Terminal 5, two nights at the Fox Theater in Oakland and The Anthem in Washington, D.C.
The genre-defying artist explained to the crowd in a curse-laden aside that she isn’t big on rules, but her shows required some basic decencies from the audience. Sultana stated that if you didn’t like the music to “get the fuck out of here,” that there was “no room for racism,” and that “if you don’t understand that trans and non-binary is normal, get the fuck out of here.”
At 23 years-old, the busker turned DIY-sensation has already played countless sold-out shows across Australia, Europe and the United States plus top-notch festivals such as Coachella, Outsidelands, Osheaga Music Festival and Lollapalooza.
Sultana will return to Australia at the end of December for a string of festivals and additional dates on the Flow State World tour before tackling Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival in May and European dates in Summer 2019.