WASHINGTON, Sydney Festival First Night at the Domain, 7 January 2012. I have only recently discovered the incredible music of Megan Washington and through her recently released album, Insomnia, I have become a fan. Lucky for me, just weeks after this discovery, she performed at Sydney Festival First Night, and did not disappoint!
Much to my delight, Washington started her set with Sentimental Education (from Insomnia), and it sounded just as amazing live as it does on the album. This, along with Rich Kids and her solo performance of Underground, were highlights for me. However, I was disappointed that she didn’t sing High Treason, easily my favourite of her songs. But I really can’t complain - it was a great set, with Washington playing with plenty of energy and charisma.
As a side note, it just so happened that 7 January is Washington’s birthday, so once she let this little detail slip mid-set, the crowd started to roar Happy Birthday. I’ve never heard thousands of people sing happy birthday at once, and it was rather hilarious and somewhat out of time. Endearing though, no doubt. Washington stood there, massive smile on her face, clearing enjoying this novel experience.
I have also taken a set of photos of Washington in black and white, but for the benefit of the reader, I had to produce these colour ones too, just so you could see Washington’s rad purple hair. So go ahead and check out the black and white set too.
No doubt Washington’s upcoming performance of Insomnia at the Opera House will be an incredible show also. Through Insomnia, Washington’s musical style has developed and reached new depth. Her first album, I Believe You, Liar had a predominantly pop feel to it, with hits like Rich Kids. By contrast, Insomnia appears more complex, intense and Washington seems to be pushing her boundaries. Absolutely love the intense build up at the end of High Treason. Found it difficult to get this song off repeat.
Shot with Canon 500, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6IS.
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