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Live Review: Meg Mac + SKIES - Adelaide Unibar (24.09.15)

Meg Mac rolled into the Uni Bar on the wave of extreme hype after strong sales on her “Never Be” tour, including a sell-out and added show in Melbourne. Following her gospel-infused single “Never Be” released in late July this year, Meg Mac has been gaining unstoppable momentum as she looks to conquer Australia.

The first step – her national tour. Adelaide found themselves in the middle of Mac’s seven leg national tour which saw her perform shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Prior to anyone arriving on stage, the quaint Uni Bar was packed and their Facebook page was lined with desperados begging for a spare ticket.

In support we had the genius local synth-pop act SKIES groove out with their smooth tracks. These guys have been building their own bandwagon, receiving airplay on Triple J with two quality singles “Call for My Heart” and my personal favourite, “Too Young”. I can’t recommend them highly enough and they are a likely front-runner to provide the soundtrack to my 2015-16 summer. Quality vocals, quality melodies, just quality – get on board.

Unsuprisingly, Meg Mac was welcomed on stage to an ear-piercing blast of cheers and excitable squeals. Despite people being crammed in shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers' faces literally mushed together, you couldn’t help but feel a little jubilant upon realising this was probably the last time we’ll see Meg Mac in such a pokey local venue – we can say we were there.

Enough reminiscing. Meg Mac delivered well-known tracks such as “Grandma’s Hands” and “Roll Up Your Sleeves” with absolute perfection, the amount of soul that radiates from McInerney is jaw-dropping. The crowd echoed her word-for-word and when the tour title track “Never Be” wound up the crowd lost their shit – proving just how closely these guys follow her every movement. McInerney is quickly becoming one of the country’s most prominent and heralded musicians. She signed a US deal earlier in the year as part of an SXSW appearance and it is only up from here.

If you missed out on Meg Mac’s national tour, you can always catch her as the support for Mumford & Sons on their Wilder Mind Tour in November.