In Review: Lissie, Live at Northcote Social Club, May 19th 2011

Dear Audy,

Lissie has been enjoying high rotation on my mind-radio thanks to the fantastic performance that she put on last Thursday. I simply love going to see live music and the atmosphere of a pub gig is a lot more to my tastes than joining an enormous audience in an arena.


Lissie played at Northcote Social Club, which is one of my favourite venues. Especially when I am forced to go out in my wheelchair as it is easily accessible from the street. The staff are pleasant and helpful and the crowd usually has no problem allowing a space in the front so that I can see.

Of course, occasionally people will push in front and block my view with the amazing recording that they are making on their mobile phone, but I am not shy about tapping people on the shoulder and asking that they please not do that in front of my face. I was amused and appalled by a few elements of the audience behaviour at this and other recent gigs…but that is another post for another day. Probably a post like this old fave.

Getting back on topic, Lissie was fabulous! She was friendly and funny with her stage chatting, an element that not all musicians are good at but that can add a lot to a show. Her refreshingly laid back appearance and demeanour acted like an invitation for the audience to kick back and, to quote whoever said it first, dance like youtube was never invented.

The atmosphere in the room lit up, fuelled by the electric energy that Lissie generated on stage. She is far from a shy performer. Her vocals are powerful, interestingly melodic and emotionally raw. She sings as though she is putting her all into that moment, into every moment on stage, and the result is far more powerful than when musicians attempt to recreate the exact sound that their music has in its released recording.

When Lissie is performing, she glows. You can feel how much she enjoys what she’s doing flowing out in waves over the audience. It’s this feeling that I go and see live music for, that magical element that can’t be captured, only enjoyed in the moment.

The setlist was a mix of songs from her debut album, Catching A Tiger and a few covers. I wish that I could find a copy of the exact setlist as one of the covers was the highlight of the evening, it was just so much fun! Lissie introduced it as a song that she had heard around the place a lot, she did mention the title and artist, however those details have completely escaped me! If you happen to know the song I am loving and not remembering, please leave me a comment and fill my memory gap.

Other highlight songs included When I’m Alone – her most well known track, Record Collector – a lot of fun to rock out to, In Sleep – one of my favourite tracks from the album, and The Pursuit Of Happiness – a cover that also appears on her album.

Lissie and her band are on their way to Canada, if you happen to be in the vicinity and like to like music, then definitely get yourself tickets and go along to one of her shows.

Overall, the night was a lot of fun, even on two wheels. I caught up with some friends that I hadn’t seen for ages, including my blogging buddy, Carly, who introduced me to Lissie’s music a few weeks ago.

It’s easy to get frustrated at having to go out in a wheelchair when I rarely need it anymore, but it’s a much better alternative to going without it and getting hurt before I even get to the venue, or not going out at all. I have gotten over feeling like needing a mobility device is a step backward, it’s just a part of unpredictability of chronic pain and not worth putting much emotional stock in. Thankfully, I have nice friends who will push me!

I got to enjoy a night out without interrupting the healing of my injury. That is total win.

Love & Living

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  • 17 thoughts on “In Review: Lissie, Live at Northcote Social Club, May 19th 2011

    1. Katie from Canada

      I follow your blog and just wanted say it is INSPIRATIONAL and highly entertaining. You’re amazing. Keep up the great work!

    2. JC

      Hi – thanks for the review!

      I was there too – the cover was Maxine Nightingale’s “Right Back Where We Started From”

        1. Greg

          Well Hayley, i myself am handicapped. I do have compassion for others but you are over the top. All you do in this article is talk about it. You have to learn everyone has problems and not everyone complains either. I have been to many concerts where i was blocked by others. You have to stop always thinking about it and suck it up.

          1. Hayley Cafarella Post author

            Greg, this blog is about living with chronic pain, that is why I mention my being in a wheelchair at this event and how the experience is effected by that.

            Many of my readers suffer from the same condition as me (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) or other painful disabilities and are able to relate to my life. I write to share my experiences realistically with people who are interested. Not everybody is as strong as you, Greg, not everybody knows how to “suck it up” and many people who live with the daily agony of chronic pain would never even consider going out because of the massive repercussions that it can have. Many are newly diagnosed and very confused. These are the people who are interested to know what the experience was like, what the negatives were and if I was able to overcome them. I don’t know what your handicap is, however it is ignorant to assume that everybody with a disability should be able to cope in the same manner and as effectively as you do.

            The point of this post is not to complain, it’s to share how I went out and had a good time. The point is to share hope, not despair. You have focused on one negative element of what is otherwise an account of a positive experience. In fact, my annoyance with people pushing in front to take pictures has little to do with my disability and everything to do with the pointlessness of buying tickets to a live show and watching the whole thing through a little screen held out in front of the rest of the audience’s faces. I included this as a throwback to an older satirical post regarding cinema etiquette, it’s not the serious lamentation that you seem to have interpreted.

      1. Katie


        Handicaps are not all the same. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is different from a purely physical disabilities. Google the “McGill Pain Scale” to get an idea of just what someone with this affliction deals with. The term causalgia is used interchangeably with CRPS and is placed at the top of the scale above amputation without anesthetic.
        It is true that everyone has problems. It is also true that everyone needs an outlet and resources to deal effectively and proactively with those problems.
        I also doubt that you have compassion for others because you’re obviously dumber that a slab of cheese.



    3. Joey H.

      Greg, just can it. There are exactly two paragraphs in this entire post about her wheelchair, and one of them had nothing to do with the concert at all. Expressing complaints on a blog doesn’t mean that she’s obsessing about it or that she can’t “suck it up.” Are you unfamiliar with blogs? Why on earth are you reading this if you only want disabled people to shut up? This is a blog partly about disability issues. Were you hoping to find only a blank page?

      Deal with your disability the way you want to. I deal with mine the way I want to. And so does Hayley. Your hostility and bitterness don’t indicate to me that you’re dealing with your issues half as well as someone who thinks about and articulately shares her experiences with others.

    4. Blake Watson

      The great thing about Greg’s comment is that it generated some wonderful explanations of why some folks with disabilities blog and what they hope to accomplish with their blogs. Talking about how disability affects you cannot be reduced to mere complaining.

      1. Hayley Cafarella Post author

        Thanks, Blake! That is a very valuable point, I think it’s difficult for a lot of people to understand why one would choose to blog about their disability but simply discussing how it effects our lives is not exactly complaining…it’s just the way things are. Thanks very much for adding this insight :) x

    5. Tracey

      Oh, I haven’t come across Lissie’s music before … so thanks for the introduction. It sounds like an amazing live performance and well worth the effort of going out for.

      1. Hayley Cafarella Post author

        Hurrah!! I love to share new music love :) I am super excited for the next couple of months, I am going to see Noah And The Whale and Seeker Lover Keeper – more exciting nights out to look forward to!! xx

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