Review Scene: Måneskin, Margaret Court Arena, 23rd November 2023 by Laura Boukouvalas

Melbourne fans erupt over Måneskin’s lively RUSH show 

Måneskin, Margaret Court Arena, 23rd November 2023 by Mary Boukouvalas

Melbourne fans erupt over Måneskin’s lively RUSH show 

Måneskin, Margaret Court Arena, 23rd November 2023 by Mary Boukouvalas

Last night Måneskin performed to a sold-out Margaret Court Arena as part of their highly successful RUSH world tour.  Making their live debut in Australia, this Italian rock band has surged into the mainstream, effortlessly embracing every moment of their newfound success. These musicians are natural performers, belting out modern rock tracks with lead vocalist Damiano David’s distinctive vocals, supported by excellent guitar work by Victoria Di Angeles and Thomas Raggi and dynamic drumming by Ethan Torchio.  The audience was completely swept up in their show and between songs they enjoyed David’s authentic, laid back and candid humour.  The rapport and intimate atmosphere he creates with the audience is nothing short of amazing. 

Måneskin, Margaret Court Arena, 23rd November 2023 by Mary Boukouvalas

Overall, the band approaches the concert as if they just want to have a great night out with their fans and make them feel special.  There is a lot of getting up close and interacting with the audience.  From David moving searchlights around the arena, causing sections of audience to jump up when it was their turn in the spotlight, band members walking through the audience, and the two guitarists taking turns to fall backwards into the audience and crowd-surf as they continue to play.

Måneskin, Margaret Court Arena, 23rd November 2023 by Mary Boukouvalas

There was no support act needed to warm up the audience and band kicked off with a few of their most popular tracks starting with ‘Don’t wanna sleep’ to a rapturous response from the crowd.  This was followed by ‘Gossip’, award-winning ‘Zitti e Buoni’, ‘Honey’, ‘Supermodel’ and ‘Coraline’.  Then they generously gave us one of their biggest hits and fan favourite ‘Beggin’ before sharing some of their newest material from their latest release RUSH.

Midway through the performance, David, Raggi, and Torchio made their way to a smaller secondary stage placed at the other end of the arena, a deliberate move to create a more intimate show with their devoted fans – a definite highlight of the evening.  An acoustic version of ‘Trastevere’ saw Torchio switch the drums for the guitar, and then David and Raggi performed an especially chosen cover of an Australian song ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl?’ by Jet, penned by Nic Cester and Cameron Muncey. It was their second time performing this cover, the first the night before in Sydney. This moment in Melbourne, however, was made even more special as one of the song’s creators was reportedly among the audience, prompting David to humorously confess feeling the weight of the occasion, though their performance showed no flaws and resonated beautifully with the audience.

Returning through the enthusiastic audience to the main stage, the energy is quickly dialed up to the max with their most popular tracks, ‘I Wanna Be Your Slave,’ and ‘Mammamia’, and stays on a high all the way to the end, with another highlight as a number of fans are brought on to the stage for the performance of ‘Kool Kids’ and as part of the finale, the audience is treated to a reprisal of ‘I Wanna Be Your Slave’.

Måneskin, Margaret Court Arena, 23rd November 2023 by Mary Boukouvalas

David, De Angelis and Raggi met in high school and the band officially formed after recruiting drummer Torchio in 2016.  From busking in the streets of Rome in the early years they went on to win numerous music competitions and festivals along with Eurovision in 2021 with their song ‘Zitti e Buoni’.

Måneskin, Margaret Court Arena, 23rd November 2023 by Mary Boukouvalas

 

Måneskin exude irresistible charm in concert. They are receiving rave reviews on every stop of their world tour and before that at numerous music festivals and they are doing it all in their own, unique and very stylish, style. On 10 November they released an extended version of their Album RUSH, called RUSH (Are you coming?) featuring additional tracks and they celebrated it by posting some very creative pics and videos on Instagram. Their music continues to evolve and we look forward to seeing much more from this band.