2017 in review: My top 10 gigs

10. Lior & The Australian Youth Orchestra ‘Compassion’ – Recital Centre – 11 July

Incredible arrangements, Lior’s beautiful voice, one of Melbourne’s finest venues – an outstanding culmination.

9. Marlon Williams – Curtin Bandroom – 14 March

The first time in a long time and the debut of a swag of new songs – this was the hottest gig of the year, but Marlon never disappoints.

8. LCD Soundsystem – MCA – 26 July

One to tick off the wish list! Watching LCD build songs live is something to behold.

7. Sia – AAMI Park – 30 November

Art installation meets dancing theatre with some of the best modern pop songs going around. This was totally different to any pop show I’ve seen.

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6. Maggie Rogers – Forum Theatre – 23 July

This caught me off guard – such a captivating new artist with material to back the hype. Despite seeing several seasoned bands the same week (thanks Splendour), this came out on top.

5. City Calm Down – Shimmerlands Festival – 5 February

Melbourne Uni in the pouring rain (I’m talking torrential) – City Calm Down played anyway in a spectacularly atmospheric fashion. Thanks for not getting electrocuted.

4. Feist – Forum Theatre – 1 December

Enchanting, musically striking and funny, Feist delivered a lengthy stand out. Album Pleasure in its entirety was a treat and her “guitar boss” moments were superb!

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3. Aurora – Recital Centre – 31 January

Aurora’s vocal performance was flawless and she entranced the room with stunning music, whimsical banter and cool projections.

2. Making Gravy – Sidney Myer Music Bowl – 16 December

A solid lineup contributed to a damn fine night of tunes: Meg Mac vocally blowing us away, Gang of Youths giving one of the most expressive and fervent performances I’ve seen, and Paul Kelly dishing out the classics like he was Santa.

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1. Paul McCartney – AAMI Park – 5 December

This show deserves every superlative. The songs are all classics, the singalongs amazing, the tributes heartfelt and the energy and character of 75 year old Paul almost unbelievable. The set list speaks for itself – so many Beatles tunes for what might be a once in a lifetime musical opportunity!

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