Photos by Kylie Keene
We all know the goofy, weird and hilarious Mac Demarco, and if you don’t, I suggest you to not only listen to his music but also take the time to experience the talent and individuality Mac has to offer. His personality really shines throughout his shows, which I promise you is a performance on its own. Have you never seen an artist actually pull off a some-what graceful handstand on stage? Well I have, as well as the rest of the audience who came and say his ‘Here Comes Mac Demarco’ Friday show at the Hordern Pavilion last weekend.
My first observation was that it was a fully packed crowd and the energy was incredible. I’ve been to shows at Hordern Pavilion plenty of times before and the last time I’ve witnessed it this packed was at an under 18’s festival I attended with I was 13. Mac was able to sway the crowd with both his antics as well as sharing intimate moments with the crowd which felt really authentic and down to earth. At one point in the show he asked the audience to all shine their lights on their phones whilst they sung with him, it felt as if everyone were connected together which was such a sick experience. He played songs from his albums Salad Days, 2, Here Comes the Cowboy and This Old Dog, the way he ordered his set list just made everything flow through you as if they were emotions, it was incredible.
A super chilled atmosphere with a fun and authentic performance was exactly what was delivered, and from someone who hadn’t heard much of Mac Demarco before seeing the show – I can now confirm my Spotify playlist has gained his approval. ‘Chamber Of Reflection’ actually rocked my core a little when it came on, I hadn’t even realised how familiar some of Macs songs were to me and they sounded exactly (If not better) than how I’d remembered it. He definitely knows how to hype up a crowd, but the intro alone is enough to work an audience.
If you haven’t heard tracks like Ode to Viceroy, Freaking Out The Neighbourhood, On The Level, Another One, Salad Days or Treat Her Better, than I’m not too sure what you’re still doing reading this review. Mac Demarco didn’t just come and play in Sydney, he also left us lasting impression which exceeded my expectations, so thank you!