Sydney – Friday 3 August, 2017. With Ben Fold's first show almost sold out, the Sydney Opera House today announced the second and final performance on his Paper Aeroplane Request Tour in the Concert Hall on Thursday 1 February 2018, making it his tenth performance at the iconic venue.
Folds is no stranger to the Concert Hall, which he has sold out eight times, from performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to his very own brand of chamber pop with New York sextet yMusic, which The Sydney Morning Herald praised as “subtle, self-deprecating [and] always charming.”
For his latest Concert Hall residency, the master of improvisation will return solo with all the hits, then take song requests from the audience via paper planes flown onto the stage. What initially started as a Twitter joke has become one of his most heartfelt – and tour-worthy – moments. “Taking paper aeroplane requests from fans is fun,” said Folds. “[It] gives everyone in the room a chance to request what they'd like to hear.”
“Pop maverick Ben Folds has sold out the Opera House an impressive eight times in row," says Ben Marshall, Head of Contemporary Music at Sydney Opera House. "His considerable narrative and compositional abilities get opened up to the audience in a unique and immediate way, with waves of paper aeroplanes flying onto the stage to create an improvised setlist on the spot. Get folding.”