George Maple @ Oxford Art Factory 24/4/15 Gig Review

There wasn’t a Vacant Space in the room as George Maple seduced hundreds of her admirers with sensual singing and soulful synths. Having just arrived back in Australia from blistering performances with Touch Sensitive and What So Not at SXSW and Coachella respectively, George began her tour down under at the Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane. The day after, she returned to her hometown Sydney, performing at the Oxford Art Factory in front of a sold out crowd.

Kicking off the night, Jimmy 2 Sox (a.k.a one half of Flight Facilities) welcomed the early birds with a soothing DJ set that encompassed tunes from bands such as The xx and fellow Future Classic artist,  Jagwar Ma. Recognisable from her backing vocals for Flume’s Insane, Moon Holiday followed suit with style. A perfect mix of vocal and production talent was evident in songs such as Rid U.

But now it was time for the main act of the night. After an incredibly enticing & highly excitable walk on stage, George started her set with Fixed. The heartfelt melodies entranced the crowd to “fix their gaze on her” in admiration. A striking love for dark beats and sinister hums continued with her next song, Gripp. Playing her first song of the night from the five song length LP ‘Vacant Space’, the venue erupted into a roar. However, as it went on, people found themselves mesmerised by the combination of George’s amazing outfit and wicked ability to dance.

You’d be hard pressed to find an artist as appreciative of her fans at a gig as George is. Feeding off the crowd’s vibes, you can be assured her contagious smile and charismatic moves didn’t fail to impress a single person in that room.

To quickly lighten the mood to something a bit more fun, George brought out a banger. Being a prominent feature on the single Gemini by Chris Emerson’s now-solo project, George made a special appearance at Coachella with What So Not. She clearly brought over the electric atmosphere from the highly energetic festival, getting the packed venue to boogie and sing along with her for the entirety of the gig – especially for songs such as Where You End And I Begin feat. Grande Marshall and Began To Say.

The song, Call Of The Wild, was a special one. George Maple’s career really skyrocketed when she met Hugo from Flight Facilities, where she collaborated (Foreign Language) and toured with them under her real name Jess Higgs. Mentioning that the song was dedicated to Jimmy, it made everyone that little bit happier.

Despite the outcries as the words “last song” left George’s mouth, Talk Talk definitely made up for the disappointment. Beautifully summing up the entire’s night performance, she gave it her all and thanked everyone for coming one last time.

If you unfortunately missed out on her spectacular performance, don’t fret. Along with playing in a star-studded lineup as a part of 10 Years of Future Classic on the 30th of May, she has been included in the recently announced Splendour in the Grass 2015 lineup!!

Miss out on tickets? Resale for SITG 2015 happens on the 1st of June, more information on how you can purchase tickets can be found here.

Special mentions go to Nikita Vio and Issy Shirvington, who spotted me out from my Sydney Gig Guide for May 2015. (check it out now if you haven’t already as tickets are still available for a stack of shows!)

[Featured Image and Images via Oxford Art Factory]


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