Pop singer-songwriter Dami Im is hoping border restrictions ease enough to allow her first solo tour to get underway.
Im's Piano, Songs and Stories tour was slated to start in Tasmania this week before Queensland - where Im lives - went into lockdown and states began to close their border.
Her tour will instead start with a free livestream on Saturday, July 3 from 7.30pm.
It isn't clear how many people will be allowed to fill The Capital theatre when - and if - Im arrives in Bendigo for her scheduled July 11 show. Currently, the easing of Victorian government restrictions have paused with a cap of 300 people or 75 per cent capacity for theatres.
Im is also set to perform in Hepburn on August 27 and hopes crowds will be able to fill venues by then.
At the start of the week, Im said it had been difficult not performing to live audiences due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"A lot of times it gets cancelled last minute or postponed and it is difficult, not just for me, but for everybody," she said. "This year, with this tours, we are trying to move on and keep performing.
"We can't sit back and wait until everything fits. I have loved Bendigo the last few times I have performed there, it is always so much fun. There is a nice Italian place near The Capital which we keep going back to."
Touring without a band makes the tour easier for Im to organise and will also allow fans to hear her music in a different way.
"This will a first for me, sitting at the piano, performing fan favourites," she said. "There will be those chart topping songs from over the years that have been reworked into a piano arrangement.
"I write most songs at the piano before they get produced with instruments, so it feels like people will get to hear the raw version of songs. When you hear it stripped back, it feels more intimate."
Im shot to stardom by winning The X Factor Australia in 2013 before she finished second at Eurovision in 2016. She said the large-scale experiences of those song contests gave her confidence and allowed her to evolve as a performer.
"It kept me evolving and getting better as well as allowing me to grow in my art as well," she said. "Eurovision was definitely something that was life changing in a lot of ways.
"My music was heard by so many new fans. It personally gave me so much confidence and kind of really gave me validation to keep going with what I love doing."
The last 12 months has allowed Im to rest from performing and focus on writing new material. Among her new releases is the song Lonely Cactus.
"I had a chance to think about what I songs wanted to make and release a few more tracks long way, " she said. "I wrote (Lonely Cactus) accidentally. Someone gave me a cactus for my birthday and I was staring it and thought I could write song about this cactus.
"It turned into something and (is about) that feeling where you feel lonely and want to go socialise but once you go out, you want to come home on your own and chill. A lot people have felt like that during the last year."
The coronavirus pandemic has been difficult for the music sector and Im encouraged music fans to keep supporting the industry any way they can.
"It has been really tough for everyone," she said. "I really think shows will lift people's spirits. They want to get back to normal. That's what I want with these shows.
"We are hoping for best and keeping optimistic.Online shows are good but they are never same as a live performance when you can see everyone's faces and get that energy in the room."
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