ibis PLAY Review: Sam Smith

November 15, 2018

Less than a year after performing at the Sydney Opera House, Sam was back on Sydney soil for the first of three gigs in his “home away from home”. After an awesome opening performance from Sydney act, Gordi, Sam pulled a David Blane, seemingly materialising out of thin air on stage, before kicking off with ‘Burning’ and, fan favourite, ‘I’m Not The Only One’.

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But Sam was determined the crowd didn’t go home feeling blue. “I know my music is pretty depressing,” Sam said with a laugh. “But we’re going to dance tonight, Sydney.”

And dance the crowd did. From performing his collabs with Disclosure and Calvin Harris, to his own emotional bangers, it was hard to resist the urge to stand up and jive along with the man himself.


The breadth of Sam Smith’s discography is quite impressive, too, with the singer gliding between soulful pop, orchestral arrangements, and acapella. As for the crowd? Well, they were as diverse as his musical genres. Older fans were screaming as loud – if not louder – than those in their teens.

Sam was back down under following the release of his sophomore album, The Thrill of It All. Released exactly a year ago, the album has gone onto critical acclaim, topping the Billboard 200 as well as spawning a top 10 single with ‘Too Good at Goodbyes’.


This is a concert you don’t want to miss, so be sure to catch him in the final performances of his world tour. Tickets are still available – check out all the details at jump, as well as some wallet-friendly accommodation if you need to travel to catch Mr Smith.

Sam Smith, The Thrill of It All Tour
Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena
16th & 17th November
Tickets: Official Website
Accommodation: ibis Sydney World Square, ibis Sydney Darling Harbour, ibis Sydney King Street Wharf, ibis Sydney Olympic Park

Perth, RAC Arena
20th November
Tickets: Official Website
Accommodation: ibis Perth


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