Meg Mac Returns To The Forum

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Meg Mac left her audience speechless after her September 9th show in Melbourne. Photo: AMNplify

After 18 months of working on her debut album, ‘Low Blows’, Australian singer-songwriter Meg Mac has returned the stage for her 2017 national tour.   

The soulful songstress kicked off the Low Blows tour in Ballarat earlier this month, before travelling to Geelong and finally hitting her hometown of Melbourne on September 8 and 9. 

Her return was highly anticipated by fans and the 27 year old, who hadn’t headlined a show in Melbourne since December 2015.

Following the release of Meg’s album in July, the crowd were treated to an array of new songs, including title track Low Blows and second single Maybe It’s My First Time which had risen to popularity following high rotation on Triple J.

Accompanying Meg on tour are Perth duo The Money War and Indie band Georgia Fair. Both acts opened the show to a roar of applause, and set the mood for what would be an unforgettable night. 

Meg Mac took to the stage just after 10pm and had the audience hooked from the get go. 

While the crowd enjoyed tracks off the songstress’ new album, they were also treated to many of Meg’s biggest hits. Every Lie, Never Be, her own take on Bill Withers’ Grandma’s Hands and an encore featuring Roll Up Your Sleeves all had the crowd singing along enthusiastically.

Meg’s band disappeared from the stage about half way through her set, and the most iconic moment from her shows begun. During every single show, Meg introduces her audience to Saint Philomene – a song that is preformed using just her vocals and a loop pedal. Beginning from scratch, she uses her voice to create a track to which she sings over and adds to as the song builds. Relying on her voice and the French lyrics alone, the song is slightly different every performance however it is constantly breathtaking. 

The best part about her performance was that is was simple yet so captivating. Meg, accompanied by her four band members and two back-up singers stood in front of a sell-out crowd at the Forum and left them speechless by the end of her one and a half hour set. Despite minimal interaction and general chatter between songs, there was never a moment where the crowd’s interest left the main stage. We were under her spell. 

This was the third time I had seen Meg preform, and she just gets better every single time. She sings straight to your core and sends tingles up your spine. Her powerful vocals echoed through the Forum’s 88 year old walls. The set lists’ strong lyrics and raw soul left the crowd mesmerised. 

It’s a voice you will never get tired of hearing and a concert you can go to over and over again, which is why I’m already preparing for my fourth meeting with Meg Mac in November. She announced a third Melbourne show shortly after the curtain closed on Saturday night and I look forward to being in the crowd once again.

Until she returns, Meg Mac will take her Low Blows tour all around the country. With sold out shows in Tasmania, NSW, Adelaide, Queensland and Perth, countless crowds are expected to be blown away. 

 

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