Adelaide Festival Review: Weyes Blood

Where: The Workshop, Adelaide Festival Centre
When: 6 March

Natalie Mering has been performing under Weyes Blood for almost 10 years, releasing four albums under the moniker. Touring for her newest album, Titanic Rising, Mering took to the stage at the new Adelaide Festival venue the Workshop to a sold out crowd of seemingly every person I know.

Playing songs from across all four of her albums, Mering glides between songs with a lovely stage presence. She makes jokes and conversation, and of course Bernie comes up. We are treated to a cover of Forever Young, the Alphaville original. Mering jokes that when she decided to cover it she didn’t realise an Australian group had produced such a big and somewhat contentious cover. Nonetheless, we are treated to an hour and a half of folky dream pop.

Despite the weird vibes and questionable floating taxidermy down in the Workshop, it was a special night. Mering has a gorgeous voice that is drenched in vibrato with tight four piece band to back her up. It’s effortless. This, in combination with the otherworldly vibe of layered dappled light, created something pretty transcendental.

Natalie Carfora

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