SHARK ANGEL: Amy Shark, fresh off the news her acclaimed album Love Monster had hit number one on the charts, performs at Splendour In The Grass.
SHARK ANGEL: Amy Shark, fresh off the news her acclaimed album Love Monster had hit number one on the charts, performs at Splendour In The Grass. Marc Stapelberg

At Splendour, Shark has her finest hour

FEEDING off an adoring crowd at the Splendour amphitheatre this afternoon, Amy Shark must have felt like she was swimming in a sea of unreality.

Shark, the Gold Coast indie pop darling, had spoken in the days leading up to the festival how, after playing years on the GC pub circuit, she thought this moment was probably unattainable.

 

Amy Shark has established herself as one of Australia's top pop performers.
Amy Shark has established herself as one of Australia's top pop performers. Marc Stapelberg

Yet there she was, playing to a bulging amphitheatre, announcing that her album Love Monster had just ascended to No 1 on the Australian Album Charts, knocking off Drake no less.

Shark had found out the career-defining news just before her set. On stage, she broke into disbelieving head shakes multiple times, awed by how far she'd come.

"I have a guitar-tech now," she observed at one point, seemingly levitating.

 

Amy Shark played all the hits off of her debut album Love Monster.
Amy Shark played all the hits off of her debut album Love Monster. Marc Stapelberg

Across her set, Shark took a big chunk out of Love Monster and fed it back to the crowd.

The album covers a lot of ground: from the acoustic finger-picking ballad Pyscho, to the pure pop of All Loved Up and the anthemic I Said Hi, Shark's appeal is broad, and her fans love her for it.

At times there is a Taylor Swiftian quality to her songwriting:

We've been kicking these words around too long

Had a feeling we were close to something big

A deep breath under a baseball cap

A one way ticket to a heart attack

 

Amy Shark, a Gold Coast native, was pinching herself during her maiden Splendour performance.
Amy Shark, a Gold Coast native, was pinching herself during her maiden Splendour performance. Marc Stapelberg

Shark might have been parodying the relative low expectations she once harboured for her career when she wheeled out Wheatus's Teenage Dirtbag as a cover, much to the thrill of the crowd.

It was only fitting for Shark to end her crowning moment how it all began, closing the set with Adore, the number two track in the 2016 Triple J Hottest 100 that initially catapulted her to stardom.

 

The audience was giving Amy Shark plenty of love today at Splendour.
The audience was giving Amy Shark plenty of love today at Splendour. Marc Stapelberg

She might have one day been the teenage dirtbag playing unremarkable sets on the Gold Coast.

Now, Shark is a star, with two tickets to Iron Maiden.



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