Adelaide Fringe 2017 Review:
Ella Hooper is mesmerising. She’s that person who walks into a room and you instantly fall in love. Except in her case she’s standing under a spotlight, holding a guitar and in the company of one of the coolest bands around.
Her voice is sublime, her lyrics relatable, layered and full of enough “adult angst” that your mind wonders to past loves lost and heartache.
The set included her impressive solo work, songs from The Verses and a stunning cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams. She also hinted at upcoming shows by Killing Heidi, the band she formed with her brother in 1996.
Ella has won five Arias, written top ten hits and is also the youngest person and first woman to have received APRA’s Songwriter Of The Year award. She has recently released a double EP ‘Venom/New Magic’ which will be on high rotation at my house.
She has always been a stand-out Australian musician, but as she grows older and more comfortable in her skin her songs become richer and even more vibrant than before. Her voice even more nuanced.
If you ever get a chance to see Ella playing live, do it. You will feel lighter for it.
Five out of five stars.