S T A N D I N G in the photographer pit at Brisbane’s Max Watts, I waited patiently for the incredible artist whose sold out concert had us all on the tips of our toes. Suddenly appearing from the darkness, she stood before me, her unmistakable vocals sending the audience wild. Yes, Meg Mac was here and ready to drop the freak!
With her ebony black wide brimmed hat and dark form-fitting outfit, I felt as though I’d stepped into the witching hour. Mysterious, and yet incredibly open at the same time, I was blown away by Meg’s presence and the passionate reverb of her soulful voice as it filled the room. It’s an incredible thing to witness a true performer, an artist who embodies – and is embodied by – their art, and Meg Mac is no exception. Aside from the moments where she stops to speak with the audience, there is no trace of Meg McInerney, the softly spoken, shy 25-year-old. There is only Meg Mac, the soulful Sydney-based powerhouse taking on the world and shooting to fame. Stalking the stage, she belts out every song; delivering vocal licks and melodies that would turn the heads of even the biggest music snobs.
During the set, Meg revealed that she was about to tackle her fear of playing and singing at the same time, something she had been practicing with fervour in anticipation of the show. “I’m about to do the scariest thing,” she began, before sitting down at the keyboard to play. It was refreshing to see an artist so humble and in touch with the audience, and it is this brutal honesty that has, without a doubt, created such a wonderful connection between herself and her fans.
As would be expected, the audience went wild when Meg dropped favourites such as ‘Turning’ and ‘Roll up Your Sleeves,’ along with her new track ‘Never Be,’ but it was her stripped back, RnB cover of the Bill Withers classic ‘Grandma’s Hands’ that really excited. “That was my favourite,” she revealed with a smile, as the audience cheered and screamed for her to continue. Luckily, to our delight, Meg returned for an encore performance, dropping her soulful cover of Broods’ indie-pop track ‘Bridges’.
As the concert came to an end and Meg graciously left her adoring fans, I couldn’t believe that it was after midnight – I’d been enjoying the show so much that I hadn’t realised she had been playing for over an hour! Given that I am usually dying to leave concerts by 10pm, this should give some sort of indication of the spellbinding influence Meg has on her audiences. She truly is one of the best musicians to come out of Australia!
If you missed Meg this time, you’ll be stoked to know that she’s touring again late this year with Brisbane musician Jarryd James! Find out more via her Website and Facebook!
Note: Meg’s “Never Be” Tour was supported by Banff – who is also a favourite of mine – and Big Strong Brute. Be sure to check them out!