Review: Maggie Rogers at KOKO, London



Hailing from Easton, Maryland, Maggie Rogers is a singer-songwriter surrounded by an ever-growing amount of hype, and as we edge closer to hearing her highly anticipated debut album. Maggie sold out not one, but two spellbinding nights at Koko in London.

After a spectacular support set from Mosa Wild, a band who have since found their way into my playlists, Maggie took to the stage, opening with ‘On+Off’. The atmosphere in the room at this point was something else, like everybody had found their happy place and forgotten about everything else but that moment, all eyes fixated on the performance. She then followed up with ‘Split Stones’, another upbeat tune, which kept the entire venue moving and dancing without a care in the world.

After warming up with these familiar songs, Rogers delved into some new material, lifted from her soon to be released (we hope) debut album. More often that not, audiences struggle to engage as much with brand new, unheard material at concerts, but ‘Burning’, ‘Let the Light In’ and ‘Say It’ all felt instantly familiar and refreshing. By the end, the entire crowd were singing along with the choruses – surely a very good sign for the album. Between songs, Maggie is visibly overjoyed and perhaps a little taken back by the response from her adoring fans. Before ‘Let The Light In’ she opens up about the meanings behind the song and how her sudden rise to success became understandably overwhelming at times. This honesty and openness is a trait that makes the audience feel an incredible connection with Rogers and her music and is something which is apparent in her lyricism.




After a stand-out performance of her most recent single ‘Give a Little’ (read our review here) and another jaw-dropping new song entitled ‘Back in my Body’, came a personal favourite ‘Fallingwater’. As the intro began, there was a small technical issue with a drum. Rogers stopped the music and with virtually no delay, broke into a cover of ‘I Try’ by Macy Gray, which she performed earlier that week on BBC Radio 2. For such a young, budding artist, this on-the-spot thinking was mighty impressive and gave enough time to fix the issue and perform a truly captivating rendition of ‘Fallingwater’.

It was encore time and Maggie Rogers had two songs left to play. The first, a vocal only song from her first EP called ‘Color Song’. A minute or so in, the room is utterly silent in awe. It only gets more magical and heartfelt when Rogers drops the microphone to her side and sings completely acapella, with no help from the PA. She ends the evening perfectly with ‘Alaska’ – the song the kick started her career back in 2016 after a certain video went viral.

After a performance as enchanting as this, with new material that captivated her fans within seconds, the anticipation for Maggie Rogers’ debut album is sky high. She may not be a household name just yet, but it is surely only a matter of months until she takes over the world with her unique indie pop sound and charming character.

Check out the music video for ‘Give a Little’ here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaXAMuhIe7Y

Twitter: @maggierogers

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