Detroit, Michigan (March 26, 2018) – With its music rich history, including being the birthplace of techno, it should be no surprise that Detroit has a number of EDM and electropop fans. So many, in fact, that Eden’s Vertigo World Tour show originally scheduled at The Shelter, was moved upstairs and subsequently sold-out the much larger Saint Andrew’s Hall. With special guest, Vérité, providing a brilliant opening set, Eden gave tonight’s crowd a remarkable performance not to be missed!
Vérité, also known as Kelsey Byrne, kicked things off with a great set featuring her soaring, moody vocals. Vérité is an indie pop/ alternative rock/ electropop artist based in Brooklyn, New York, who first began to gain a following after the release of her 2014 single, “Strange Enough”, went viral. In October 2014 her first EP, “Echo”, was released and not far after, in June, 2015, her second EP, “Sentiment”, was released. In May, 2016, she released her third EP, “Living”. Later that year, she released her cover of “Somebody Else” by The 1975, which also went viral. Early in 2017, she collaborated with Phantoms on a song, “Just a Feeling”. In June, 2017, she released her debut album, Somewhere in Between, and most recent, in January, 2018 Vérité released a cover of the Sufjan Stevens ballad, “John My Beloved”.
The crowd took notice from the moment she took the stage with “When You’re Gone”, from 2017’s Somewhere in Between. Even though a majority of the crowd had not heard of Vérité before tonight, it was clear she was making new fans tonight. Her voice filled the room with an energy that captivated the crowd. The remainder of her set included her viral cover of The 1975’s “Somebody Else” and “Phase Me Out“, one of her most-played songs on Spotify off of her latest album.
Next up was the man of the night, Eden. The 22 year-old singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer from Dublin, Ireland did not disappoint the crowd tonight. Eden, also known as Jonathon Ng, formerly went by an alias, The Eden Project, until 2014 when he took on the name Eden. Soon after this change, in August, 2015 he released his debut album, End Credits. In August, 2016 he released his second album, i think you think too much of me, which includes some of his most popular songs, “Sex”, “Drugs”, and “XO”. On January 19, 2018 was his most recent release, his third album, Vertigo. He has released many covers through the years as well, including his cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”, released in early 2016, gaining over 11.2 million plays on Spotify.
Over time, the classically-trained musician morphed from EDM to a mix with an alternative style by incorporating organic sounds into his music. As the lights went down, the crowd’s excitement was palpable as Eden started the show with the opening trio from the Vertigo album: “wrong”, “take care” and “start//end”. The audience were no strangers to his newest tunes, eagerly singing along. Through the rest of the night, he included fan favorites “Crash”, “forever//over”, “love; not wrong (brave)”, “float”, and “Icarus” and “Fumes”. With his voice like pure gold, he enchanted every person in the building. It was clear the fans would have loved this show to go on forever, I know this was a performance I will never forget!
The Vertigo World Tour, which began March 1, will be continuing across the US until April, moving onto Europe & Australia through June 26, 2018. Vérité will be joining Eden on the remaining shows of the North American tour. After that, he will be joined by Crooked Colours when the tour moves overseas.
Photojournalist: Anna Tollstam
Editor: Kate Sumbler