Melbourne certainly knows how to turn out a great crowd. The Forum Theatre in the heart of the city was ablaze with the scent of millennial for Angie McMahon’s first Australian headlining tour.
Fronting the stage and the hardest job for the night was first support Hayden Calnin, who looked right at home on stage. Hailing from Melbourne, this local lad played mellow but melodic tunes to the rapidly growing crowd. The audience warmed to the singer/songwriter and gave an enthusiastic applause at the end of his set.
Up next was Canadian inde-folk singer/songwriter Leif Vollebekk. The 2018 Juno Award finalist, is no stranger to the stage after recently touring throughout North America and Europe on the back of his latest release. His brooding vocals and stage presence certainly was a crowd winner even with an equipment malfunction through his second number. Being a true professional, he used the accidental feedback to his advantage and continued on performing and leaving his heart on the stage open and raw! If you were to mix Paulo Nutini and Harry Connick Jnr you would get Vollebekk. For a soloist on keys and occasional guitar he certainly captivated the audience! If he hadn’t won the crowd over yet, his rendition of Prince’s “How come you don’t call me anymore’ tipped them over the edge!
Headlining act, Angie McMahon appeared on stage to a euphoric applause. Vocal reminiscent of Margo Timmins, Angie mesmerised the crowd and proved as to why she was a Triple J unearthed winner. Enchanting bold vocals accompanied with her beautiful guitar tones, proved why tonight’s gig was at almost capacity and why she was the headliner. McMahon’s interaction with the crowd was sweet and endearing and wasn’t afraid to show a vulnerability that most artists try to hide. Asking the crowd to give a round of applause as a sign of appreciation for all the support that she has got from her manager was just another sign of just how humble she is.
The sound quality was impeccable as was the tight band supporting her! The lighting tech clearly got the brief right as well with it matching McMahon’s soulfulness and mellow tunes.. For someone so young, there sure is soul and an earnest longing in her voice.
There is something about music that always brings people together, and tonight Angie McMahon was the reason why so many people walked out with a spring in their step and a smile on their face. Thanks Angie for a memorable night full of hauntingly beautiful melodies and an extra warmth in my soul.
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