LIVE REVIEW: Charli XCX, Tkay Maidza – The Met
With a quick rise to mainstream fame last year Charli XCX stood out of the underground indie pop music scene and dominated the charts with “Boom Clap”, “Break The Rules” and featured on Iggy Azalea’s smash hit “Fancy”. She’s currently touring Australia for the first time with the Groovin The Moo Festival as well as playing a couple exclusive sideshows in the capital cities. Her all ages Brisbane show was strangely held at The Met but with a close to capacity crowd turning up Charli brought the energy and bad ass attitude needed to ignite this crowd. Opening with album title track “Sucker” she had everyone’s middle fingers in the ear while screaming “You said you wanna bang well fuck you sucker”. It was at this moment I realized this wasn’t going to be your standard pop show and with a punk attitude she continually gave the crowd every bit of energy she had. Launching into “Breaking Up” she rocked an inflatable guitar before making the crowd dance hard during “I Love It” and recent singles “Famous”, “Doing It” and “SuperLove”. She was accompanied on stage with an all-girl band who transformed these songs to life with the right amount of grunge pop and sass. Album tracks “Need Ur Luv”. “Body Of My Own”, “London Queen” and “Gold Coins” were received better than expected. For the Australian Tour she cut out all the old material from her album “True Romance” except for “Grins” which was quite disappointing for long term fans of the songstress. For “Fancy” she was joined on stage by support act and rising raptress Tkay Maidza who absolutely killed a gritty remix of the song. Closing the short 1 hour show with “Boom Clap” she left the crowd in awe and wanting/needing more. She impressed with her killer vocal range, sassy attitude and onstage rockstar persona making this an unforgettable intimate show.
Support act Tkay Maidza is Australia’s rising raptress who dominated the stage with her unique spin on dance/rap music. Her onstage confidence has grown and evolved a lot over the years and now she owns a “no fucks given” sort of onstage ego which is playful and simply hypes the crowd up. “Brontosaurus”, “Finish Them”, “Switch Lanes”, “Money Over Bitches” and “Uh-Huh” had the crowd dancing and singing hard but it was new track “Forever” which she also sings on that stands out as a future radio jam. Her sit was riddled with technical issues but she overcame them and won over the crowd.