Review: George Maple at Villa Nightclub, Perth, 24 February 2018
Sydney artist George Maple, real name Jess Higgs, played an intimate but energetic show at Perth’s Villa Nightclub to finish off a national tour in support of her debut album, Lover. Maple captivated the audience by performing tracks off Lover, some from her Vacant Space EP, and collaborations with other artists.
Joining her for the Perth leg of the tour was DJ Tina Says, who played a laidback set to kick off the night. Following Tina was Sydney’s CXLOE who joined Maple on all stops of her ‘Lover’ tour. CXLOE performed some original music, but really got the crowd going with covers of ‘Bellyache’ by Billie Eilish and ‘Needed Me’ by Rihanna.
Maple has stated her album is a “series of intimate events”, and this sentiment was clear in the choice of a smaller venue. Villa made for an intimate atmosphere and allowed Maple to better connect with her enraptured fans.
The performance was visually appealing, with the stage often shrouded in smoke while a visual art piece played on the screen behind her. Joined by two backup dancers, Maple’s choreography and visuals made for a truly multi-faceted performance.
Outfit changes throughout the performance showcased her sense of style, going from a sequined bodysuit, with matching gloves and headscarf, to a flowing cape and hat with Versace gloves.
Maple’s vocal range is impressive, acting as her own backup singer as well as lead. Notable tracks from the show include ‘Hero’, which incorporated a snippet of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’. In addition, Maple’s collaboration with What So Not for ‘Gemini’ had the crowd dancing and singing the hook along with her.
Powerful vocals captivated the crowd, who sang along with the starlet to almost every song she performed. The atmosphere of the show was energetic, with the crowd and Maple feeding off each other’s energy.
All in all, Maple’s outstanding vocals combined with the thumping basslines of her well-produced backing tracks provided for a spectacular performance.