REVIEW + PICS: Meg Mac | Metro Theatre, Sydney

Written By Alistair Rhodes on 09/14/2015

Last year Meg Mac burst onto the scene after being named triple j’s unearthed artist of the year, later scoring three songs in the triple j Hottest 100. Since then it has been a whirlwind year. Mac has just returned to our shores after spending most of 2015 in America where she has been working on her forthcoming album, all whilst completing a North American tour with D’Angelo and The Vanguard.

Sophie Lowe - a talented singer-songwriter, who actually went to school with Meg Mac, got the ball rolling in what was the first time she had ever played at The Metro Theatre. She was joined up on stage by Miles on drums and Neil on Keys. Those that had turned up early weren’t disappointed - two songs in and Lowe already had those on the dance floor swaying and cheering. She played a short and intimate set where she even managed to fit in a cover of Robyn’s With Every Heartbeat, putting a really energetic spin on the Robyn classic that really got the crowd moving. Her best, however, was left till last. She closed with her most well known song UNDERSTAND which was by far the crowd’s favourite.

Shortly after Lowe had graced us with her stunning vocals the night saw Lilt take the stage for what was their first ever East Coast show. Lilt have recently been supporting Meg Mac on the Perth leg of her tour and you can see why she’s brought them to Sydney. The more The Metro started to fill, the better Lilt got; as they fed off the crowd’s energy. The Indie/Electronic outfit managed to provide the crowd with some new and unreleased music, such as Powerless, which proved to be a hit. The shy lead singer didn’t hold back vocally while her fellow band members on rhythmic bass drums and electronic keys got the crowd moving. The set just kept building and building culminating in the last two songs - Can’t Hear and Don’t Tell Me. The latter particularly brought the house down with a couple linking arms and having a dance in the crowd seemingly the perfect visual depiction of their sets heartwarming allure.

A sold out Metro Theatre waited and cheered with anticipation for Meg Mac to step out on stage and as she did, wearing her classic black fedora, the whole place erupted. Mac had them eating out of the palm of her hand right from the start. The stage was lit with dark and sultry lighting that complimented her vocals. She wasn’t alone, however, joined by two band members who she jokingly said she couldn’t see due to the lighting and the sweet backup vocalist Danielle.

Mac worked every bit of the stage as she belted out Before Trouble and the crowd corresponded by throwing their hands in the air and clapping. In between songs the songstress admitted that this was the biggest show she had ever done by far (outside of a festival).

It was Every Lie that really ramped things up a notch which was followed by her cover of Jimmy Ruffin’s What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted. Perth was the first time that she had gotten on the piano and sung at the same time and had she stuffed that up she said she wouldn’t be doing it again. Luckily this wasn’t the case as she jumped on the Piano for OMG. Her slow movements and pauses up on stage really held the whole crowd on edge, using that very technique to build anticipation for Grandma’s Hands and boy did that go off like a bang - the entire crowd was moving and singing as one. The never heard before Cages was up next, followed by Roll Up Your Sleeves and her latest release Never Be.

Was there an encore?” I hear you ask and of course there was! The crowd wasn’t going anywhere and out stepped Mac once more providing us with her triple j Like A Version cover of Broods’ Bridges. As this performance proved, Mac is arguably one of Australia’s most talented musicians and singers this country has at the moment with an enormous voice that made for a scintillating performance.

- Photos by Brayden Smith (BCS Imaging) for the interns.