Social media and cross-sector partnerships help Vietnam move toward HIV elimination. Their walk might have taken them past government posters featuring images of skulls and warnings about the dangers of promiscuity and the certain death of being infected with HIV. Their jobs, friendships, and family relationships could be threatened by the mere hint of their sexual identity. This fall, that same couple could have walked into a downtown ballroom in Ho Chi Minh City to join more than 200 people in sleek suits and sequin-studded heels for the launch of an HIV prevention campaign that harnesses the power of social media to reach people in this emerging community.
Both heartbreaking and inspiring in equal measure, Julien took the audience on a breathtakingly beautiful journey through her young life with a selection of songs from her remarkable debut, Sprained Ankle, and her brand new album - Turn Out the Lights. Armed with just her Telecaster, a keyboard and a gorgeous array of pedals, she manages to get the sweetest tone from her guitar alongside some soaring melodies from the keys - coupled with her unique, passionate vocals it proved to be a set that the audience could not take their eyes and ears off.
A personal highlight for me was Funeral Pyre - there simply aren't enough words in the English language to describe how perfect that was. An unforgettable night in a stunning venue with one of the greatest young talents in the music industry right now - I, for one, cannot wait to see what her future holds.
We will be doing two sets each night, one acoustic and stripped down and one electric and rowdy. No opening act. We decided that with so many softer songs to incorporate into the set we wanted to be able to set the pace of the whole night.
With no opener we can start as delicately and intimately as we want to.