Gig Review: Maggie Rogers | Melbourne | 23.7.17

Monday, July 24, 2017
(Photo: Kristy Smolcic)

2016 was Maggie Rogers' breakout year, and since then, she's gone from strength to strength. In town for this year's annual Splendour in the Grass festival, Rogers proved why she should be on every music lovers radar during her show at Melbourne's Forum Theatre.

Don't let her fierce and dazzling costume conclude that she's a diva, she's humble, even when rockin' fierce outfits (note: tell me where I can get a jumpsuit like that, please!). Throughout the night, Rogers showed her humility and why she is so loveable — apart from her incredible vocals, it's the other thing that impressed me. She came across very genuine and you can see that she was having the absolute time of her life on the stage, it was infectious. One of my favourite moments from the night was when she excitingly admitted that the show was one of the biggest headline shows she has ever done. The joy on her face was indescribable and lit up the whole room. Bless her cotton socks. 

Now that I've established how lovely she is, I can get to the music. There was the obvious ones like the ever so wonderful 'Alaska', which was as glorious as you could imagine. My personal fave 'On + Off' was even better live, but did I expect any less? Of course not, she's bloody brilliant. The track was a big one for me last year, so I can't lie that when I heard it live that I was covered in goosebumps from head to toe. My pleasant surprise from the night was her cover of Neil Young's 'Harvest Moon'. Plus, you can never go wrong with a Neil Young cover.

She took the audience on a journey through lots of different emotions — she made you want to dance, and then the next moment she kinda made you want to hug randoms because her music is so damn beautiful and poignant. She's taking her music in an exciting direction and it won't be long until the whole world falls in love with her.

Written by Amy Smolcic

Photographer: Kristy Smolcic