Tkay Maidza @ The Wooly Mammoth, 18th April
It didn’t take long for Brisbane’s leg of the M.O.B tour to sell out which, unless the rock you’ve been living underneath is particularly thick, shouldn’t have been a surprise. Tkay Maidza has rip-roared her way into the hearts and minds of the Australian music-loving youth with her unique style of easy-to-absorb tunes. For the tour Tkay has brought party-time nice guy and super spicy producer UV Boi, alongside Brisbane enigma JOY.
The Wooly Mammoth is an excellent addition to Brisbane’s swelling swathe of music venues, and one that I hope to see stay. Its layout is clean and simple allowing for undisturbed enjoyment for both gig goers and bar hoppers. After a few drinks downstairs, I move upstairs, making sure not to plummet to my death as I do, to catch JOY step onstage looking a little giddy. The ethereal sounds of her vocals against the talented producing turn out a snowy audio blizzard. Her cover of Drake classic, Marvin’s Room is clearly a crowd favourite; the crowd has almost completely filled out the room with a sizeable audience lapping up the end of JOY’s set.
UV Boi is next on stage, draped in all white from his cap to light up shoes. The audience is, at this point, bouncing off the walls with excitement. Boi’s smile can’t help but make it’s way around the room, contagion style. He does an excellent job of keeping these hype levels up while keeping things moving on the audio side. The crowd help him carry out his very first stage dive, flashing shoe lights illuminate the faces of people more than happy to be carrying the man. UV Boi is a regular yet exciting face in the local music scene, always keeping it fresh.
After a short wait, what seems like way too many people make their way into the room, Tkay Maidza’s sold out Brisbane show is ready for the main attraction. Opening with Brontosaurus, the little style magnet makes a big entrance. Her well-polished set includes the chorus catchers U-Huh and M.O.B., which drive the crowd into a complete and utter frenzy. Rolling out an encore of Switch Lanes Maidza makes her way into the crowd to meet and greet fans with a cheeky grin.
Maidza has already booked the next few months of shows with Splendour In The Grass and a support slot with Charli XCX. Her glass elevator is still on the rise to bigger and better things. She’s a superstar in her own right, her brand of sassy machine gun lyricism along and friendly charm is winning fans left right and centre.