Martin Place is downtown Sydney’s central hub – a public square surrounded by gorgeous old buildings which house the city’s financial elite.
On a weekday afternoon, Martin Place is generally packed – officeworkers in business attire, lunchtime athletes in sports uniforms, bike messengers, shoppers, tourists staring at the spots where The Matrix movies were filmed, hawkers, people collecting for charities – and buskers.
Passenger – aka Mike Rosenberg – is originally from the UK, but he spends a lot of time in Australia, and he’d done a fair bit of busking in Martin Place. So when he suggested filming there, we jumped at the chance – it’s about as public a spot as you can get in downtown Sydney, and we were excited to see how Passenger’s beautifully catchy melodies and heartfelt, vulnerable lyrics would play against the old buildings and the bustling midday crowds.
As it turned out, it was a sunny day but chilly – at least by Sydney standards – so there weren’t as many people as usual. Those who were there were treated to a lovely performance, and we’re sure Passenger found a few new fans – in addition to a couple of old fans who found him!