Georgia Maq announces Live At Sydney Opera House EP out December 9, listen to Regina Spektor ‘Samson’ cover

Photo by Jess Gleeson
November 8 2022

PRAISE FOR Georgia Maq

“One of Melbourne’s most authentic musical forces, who’s best known for her blistering vocals in Camp Cope and her raw, bedroom-pop tinted solo endeavours”

triple j

“One of the year’s most vital singles”

Rolling Stone

“She channels Robyn with her arena-sized hooks”


“Capture the loneliness and release of the dancefloor”


“At this point, it should be apparent that she can work deftly across any genre”

The Guardian

“Where McDonald loosens her reservations and surrenders to the full impact of her voice, the spark she’s always nurtured shines through”


“On Pleaser she gets to use that voice against an entirely different backdrop than the incisive emo-rock of her main band”


“Maq sounds as powerful as she’s ever been on Pleaser”


Big Embarrassing Heart
Living Alone
Cold Summer

‘Samson’ is out now, buy/stream it here

Georgia Maq has today announced the release of her upcoming Live At Sydney Opera House EP, a collection of songs lifted from her recent appearance at Vivid LIVE out on Dec 2. With the news comes Georgia’s arresting cover of ‘Samson’. LISTEN HERE.

Performed in the intimate Utzon Room, Live At Sydney Opera House is a capsule of Georgia‘s own original songs reimagined as a stripped-back, piano and strings-led performance, including Pleaser’s ‘Big Embarrassing Heart’ and the stand-alone release ‘Cold Summer’, alongside her entrancing cover of Regina Specktor’s ‘Samson’.

A song of personal significance, Georgia reveals “Samson is a very important song to me, being a greek woman with a moustache and hairy arms I was always bullied in school about being different, but then I heard Samson and it completely changed my perspective of my body. I started playing that song when I was 15 and it always brought me back to my power.”

The powerhouse vocalist delivered a spellbound performance overlooking harbour-side views with audience members entranced by Georgia’s every breath, tears moving to every note. This performance affirmed what I’ve always known about Georgia Maq,” says Lucy Smith of Mornings on triple j of the night. “She’s one of this country’s star vocalists and consistently working hard to evolve her sound and approach. You could have heard a pin drop during this set. A selection of songs considered with grace, musicality, and intimacy. Maq knew the gravity of this moment, and the room was captivated by her presence and voice.”

Georgia explains, “I love how live versions of songs are different to the recording and the authenticity of a live performance, so I wanted to share that. With the pandemic, it’s hard to go out and see live music so I wanted to bring that intimate experience to the listener at home. These performances were special to me because I had my beautiful step mum Rebecca Mason on the piano, as well as my ride-or-die string duo, Lucy Rash and Lucy Waldron, all of whom I am very lucky to call friends.”

Live At Sydney Opera House EP marks Georgia’s solo debut in the live show arena, where previously Camp Cope headlined the Sydney Opera House in 2019. With the upcoming release, Georgia will unveil two previously unreleased tracks in ‘Neighbour’ and ‘Living Alone’ – stay tuned for Live At Sydney Opera House EP out on Dec 2 and more from Georgia Maq coming soon.

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