Meg Mac 'Low Blows Tour' Review
After the release of her album Low Blows earlier this year, the desire to see Meg Mac on her 2017 Low Blows Tour was quite immense, and luckily for me on her 3rd sold out show at Melbourne’s beautiful Forum Theatre on November 10th, that craving was satisfied. It takes quite a talent to be an Australian artist who’s played various shows both across the country and internationally, and yet still be able to impress and surprise the ears of true-blue audiences.
From the first earful of opening sets like Angie McMahon and Georgia Fair, the night was already rolling high in fine talent, or if you picked yourself a ‘Megspresso Martini’ from the bar, you’d have also whet your palette for the centrepiece of the evening, Meg Mac’s performance. The opening notes of ‘Turning’ echoed through the theatre and Mac emerged out to stage, bringing the audience to a roar that can only be deemed as excitement. Performing new songs from the Low Blows album, as well as revisiting old favourites like 'Known Better', that reminded us of the talent dripping from her pores. The show was quite like something I hadn't experienced before. The raw talent, spirit and persona of Meg Mac held the audience in a gaze that was directly in the palm of her hands, unable to control themselves from singing along to the songs they so evidently loved. The vocals from Meg Mac as well as the harmonising dynamic duo set of vocals by Danielle O’Sullivan and Hannah Mclnerney, brought you emotions you didn’t know you could feel from people you didn’t know.
During the set, the band cleared the stage and left Meg to hold the crowd on her very own. In an acapella style the young Meg pronounced her raw talent by singing ‘Saint Philomene’, a French song, looping only her voice to create a backing track. Meg Mac’s vocals soared and gleamed in more ways than one, delivering and elucidating how a voice as strong, powerful and passionate as Meg Mac's is noticeable from miles away. By the end of her set, it was clear from the chaotic roar by the audience, that they were still yearning for more, and as the pleading for an encore grew, she returned. Mac entered back to stage alone and fulfilled the audience’s plead for more, with a beautiful rendition of ‘If You Want Me To Stay’. Creating an inescapable feeling of how ‘less is more’ as the song was stripped back and performed simply with a piano and the instrument of her voice. Meg’s surprising performance of her Like A Version of Tame Impala’s ‘Let It Happen’, sprung something in my step that I didn’t know I could have by that time…and it definitely wasn’t the Megspresso Martini.
The performance by Meg Mac and her band that night on the Low Blows Tour was a powerful demonstration of everything that was expected from eager anticipation, with every song being welcomed with a loud cheer and being celebrated with a rightful applause. Melbourne's 3rd sold out show were treated to something unquestionably special that night, the space at the Forum Theatre was filled with Mac’s captivating, powerful and fervent voice, confirming to us all that both this record and tour, was well worth the wait.