Meg Mac has fast become on everybody's radar in recent times. She’s played all the major festivals including SXSW, Groovin’ The Moo and Splendour in the Grass, received mass amount of radio spins in Australia and around the world, plus has supported the legendary D’Angelo - all this without releasing her debut LP yet - talk about incredible.
Her show on Sunday night marks the second of an amazing four sold out shows in Melbourne at Corner Hotel in Richmond. Opening the show was Ella Thompson - who used to play with funk band The Bamboos, now plays with Dorsal Finns and appeared during Mark Ronson’s shows across the country - she blessed the awaiting crowd with sounds from her debut album Janus. Next up was Sophie Lowe, who actually went to school with Meg Mac (fun fact). By the time she hit the stage, the venue was beginning to fill up and she did an impeccable job in creating an infectious energy throughout Corner, which only left me even more excited then I already was to see Meg Mac.
Going into the show, I wasn’t too sure of what I should expect. I did see her set from afar at Splendour (where she had the tent she was performing at over capacity), this was the first time I was going to witness her magic live - and I certainly wasn’t left disappointed. She exceeded every expectation I had.
She demanded the attention of all eyes the moment she hit the stage as she breezed her way through ‘Before Trouble’. The performance was my first glimpse of her live vocals and I was hooked instantly. It was her much loved single’s that received the greatest reception, including ‘Never Be’ and ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’. The gospel-inspired ‘Never Be’ put on display her soulful vocals in fine form. Many stood there in disbelief and in aura of the notes she can hit. ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’ - another one of her major singles - also left the crowd memorised.
Her set included a few covers, including ‘What Becomes of the Brokenhearted’ by Jimmy Ruffin and ‘Granda’s Hands’ by Bill Withers. However it was her cover of Brood’s hit song ‘Bridges’ (which she did for triple j’s Like A Version), which one of the major highlights from her set. Though the cover was her final track of the night, it saw her end her bewitching set on a high note. Leaving the stage to widespread applauding from the crowd, it’s easy to admit that she didn’t leave any stones unturned and put it all out there on the stage throughout her entire set.
With her commanding vocals and soulful nature, she’s going places big and I don’t expect it to take long until she’s a widespread household name everywhere.