Entertainment Sia leaves fans looking for answers after 'disappointing' Australian tour

11:50  07 december  2017
11:50  07 december  2017 Source:   MSN

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Hell hath no fury like a Sia fan scorned.

The local leg of the Chandelier singer's Nostalgic for the Present tour, which ended with gigs in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland this week, has drawn widespread criticism from fans and critics following the pop star's reclusive onstage behaviour.

Reviews from the Melbourne and Sydney legs noted the singer stood, face-covered, at the side of the stage, and barely engaged with the audience.

The shows also reportedly eschewed a live feed on the venue monitors, with back-up dancer Maddie Ziegler instead performing in front of pre-recorded videos.

Disappointed fans took to social media to vent, with some suggesting they'd demand a refund from promoter Chugg Entertainment for the gigs, which ranged from $69 to $179 for general admission standing tickets.

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Sia and Maddie Ziegler on her Nostalgic For The Present tour, which played Melbourne and Sydney on November 30 and December 2.© Anthony Smith Sia and Maddie Ziegler on her Nostalgic For The Present tour, which played Melbourne and Sydney on November 30 and December 2. Promoter Michael Chugg hit back at criticism of the shows, implying concertgoers should've been aware of Sia's stage set-up.

"She's always covered her face to perform, at Coachella and the American concerts, that's how it is. That's part of her whole thing. I saw 26,000 kids going ape-sh-t, what can I say?" he said in a statement following the singer's Melbourne gig.

"She's never talked on stage, that's how she is. She has the dancers on stage with her, that's how it's always been."

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He added that he'd read "a lot of euphoria" about the shows on Twitter.

Spot Sia: Her dancers made up the majority of her 'Nostalgic For The Present' tour.© Anthony Smith Spot Sia: Her dancers made up the majority of her 'Nostalgic For The Present' tour. Sia, 41, who broke through in the US with her fourth album, 2008's Some People Have Real Problems, has openly discussed her discomfort with fame, saying she dons her distinctive blonde disguise to maintain privacy and manage anxiety.

However, she only began covering her face in public appearances after 2011, when she segued from performing to songwriting for the likes of Beyonce, Flo Rida and Rihanna.

At a gig at Sydney's Enmore Theatre in 2011 the singer chattering extensively with the crowd ("Sia can't seem to shut up," said the Herald's review), including talking "like a baby" and cracking "rude jokes".

While previous tours have included the sort of onstage banter local fans may have expected, she has covered her face and used Ziegler in live performances throughout the Nostalgic for the Present tour, which began in North America in September last year.

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A spokesperson for Chugg Entertainment did not immediately respond regarding their refund policy.

Despite the local outcry, other fans backed Sia's tour, praising her vocals and echoing claims the shows were performed as the musician intended, more "performance art" than the usual pop star stadium tours.

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