Gig Review: Migos | 6LACK | Melbourne | 15.10.17

Monday, October 16, 2017
Photographer: Kristy Smolcic 

Fans of Migos have been eagerly awaiting for the trio from Atlanta to finally make their way to Australia. The timing couldn’t be any more perfect for Quavo, Offset and Takeoff — 2017 has been their year. They finally got their first number one hit with ‘Bad and Boujee’, dropped an album (with another one already on the way with Culture 2), and have been dominating social feeds near you. 

Opening for the trio was 6LACK, who also hails from Atlanta. Before 6LACK hit the stage, there was a ticketing drama at Hisense where patrons couldn’t get into the venue. It was difficult to make sense of what was going on, but it seemed that there was either a problem with the ticket scanners or the metal detectors. Again, it was hard to see what was going on, but there were hundreds of impatient fans standing around. Thankfully, the promoters delayed 6LACK’s set so there was more time for everyone to enter and see 6LACK. Once in, fans were treated to an excellent display of lyricism and amazing live vocals from the up-and-comer.

It was finally time for the moment everyone was waiting for. I know it’s cliche to describe the incredible energy from the crowd, but it felt like the crowd at Migos were possessed (in the best possible way). They were ready for this and it was obvious that they have been waiting for this for a while. Without the passion and love from the crowd, Migos' set wouldn’t have been as impactful. In fact, they had all the components of a memorable show — the pyro, confetti, production values and the over-enthusiastic crowd — but, their live vocals were subpar. Luckily, their awful autotuned mics were drowned out by the constant excitement of the crowd. But, if you were to remove the crowd and all the bells and whistles, what would have been left was well-below average vocals and ad-lids. If I were to only review the atmosphere of the night, then this would be a raving review. However, patrons aren’t just paying to have a good time, they’re paying for the performers on-stage to sound decent. 

They played a range of hits, primarily beginning with tracks from their most recent release Culture, including ‘Get Right Witcha’, ‘Slippery’ and ‘Kelly Price’. They then played some of their older cult-hits like ‘Hannah Montana’ and ‘Fight Night’, as well as ‘Bricks’, which was their collab with Carnage. They progressed through the night eventually playing their 2017 hits ‘Bad and Boujee’ and ‘T-Shirt’.

Overall, Migos did what we expected them to do — bring the fire (literally and figuratively) and appease fans who worship them to the death. 

Written by Amy Smolcic