It was an intimate night on Friday with pop singer Sia at the National. I tried my best not to queen out.
I first heard the Australian songtress on Perez Hilton where he posted the track “Buttons.” I instantly fell in love and upon hearing she was coming to Richmond and I jumped at the chance to go. Since Sia’s recent performance in DC was so crowded there wasn’t room to even move, I wanted to make sure I got there early for a good spot.
A fan signs on stage during the show.
Luckily the crowd issue wasn’t the case at the National. It was a smaller crowd, but everyone there was either a hardcore fan or really in the mood to dance. Sia made her entrance on stage wearing a brightly lit color-changing unicorn horn. As she kicked things off with “Little Black Sandals” and “Buttons,” it was well evident that that this was Sia’s night as the floor erupted in non-stop dancing.
Throughout the night, she constantly interacted with the crowd. She brought a fan up on stage to sign the words for each of her songs.
“He’s great, isn’t he?” she said.
She loves heckling and fans love throwing her presents onstage. Some of her new gifts included an owl mask, dish towels (“Jealous much?” she asked) and a heartfelt note from a fan that said “Breathe Me” saved his sister’s life.
Fans yelled requests after hearing Sia say that they “were going to play all your favorites tonight.” One girl yelled out for “Lentil,” which Sia pointed out had already been played. She, however, did not play “Academia,” which is one of my favorite songs. But her setlist more than made up for it.
Sia’s new album, We Are Born, will be released on May 25.