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Sia made her return to Auckland, New Zealand at the very same venue she appeared at at 2011’s Big Day Out. Although this time around, things were slightly different. Apart from performing on a much bigger stage and with a massive catalogue of hit singles, Sia receded into the background allowing star dancer Maddie Ziegler to take center stage. With no live band, the stage was bare except for Sia in her signature wig and the dancers.

Performances were supported by pre-recorded videos that featured actors such as Kristen Wiig which was looped in with a live feed of the show. Sia sang all her massive hits effortlessly including ones penned for other artists such as Diamonds written for Rihanna.

The concert was unlike any I have been to, in that the main artist was not the sole focus on stage. I think we’re so accustomed to going to concerts expecting the main act to provide all the entertainment and this was definitely not like that. The Nostalgic For The Present Tour could be best described as a Maddie Ziegler and Sia collaboration. Sia’s live vocals are an amazing accompaniment to Maddie’s explosive and dynamic dancing which made for a great show.

The tour included support from MØ, Charli XCX and Theia; having missed the latter two I was happy we made it in time for Danish pop-star MØ who gave us a great set. Included in her performance were two Major Lazer songs that she was featured in, Cold Water and Lean On. There was a nice sing-a-long moment with an acoustic rendition of Cold Water.

The Nostalgic For The Present Tour would probably have mixed reactions considering it didn’t exactly follow a traditional pop concert format, but I think it was a pretty special show. It’s admirable for an artist like Sia who shies away from the limelight to be able to put together a show that is exciting and entertaining, without her being in the spotlight.

humans of mac+mae: Theia

This is one of my favourite and most precious people, the queen and matriarch of my family, my Kui (grandmother).

My granddad took this photo last year, when she took me back to my paternal ancestral home – to where she grew up and where our rich history and culture was born.

I didn’t want to ruin the beauty of the moment by taking a picture, but I’m so glad he did, as there will not be another. These precious memories we shared are something I’ll cherish forever. 

She passed away suddenly a week after her 77th birthday and I have never been so heartbroken. Though it’s been, and still is, a process of learning to carry on in her absence, I can go head high into the future knowing her love and how proud and excited she was of life’s journeys that lay ahead.

She lived the most beautiful life, leaving her legacy of love with everyone whom she met. She loved boundlessly, generously, and passionately and had a laugh and warmth that would linger on long after she’d left.

The last text she sent before her departure is still on my phone and etched in my heart. Reading it makes me both smile and cry. She always wrote the important parts of her messages in capitals, as if to really show their potency and meaning.

LOVE U WTH ALL MY MANAWA TAKU ĀTAAHUA MOKO, YR KUI

Christchurch songstress, Em-Haley Walker has been turning heads since 2015.  Her single, Silver Second, originally released under the moniker Plum created quite a buzz, making her a firm ‘blogosphere’ favourite and an artist to watch.  

Now, with a new stage name, Theia is posed to release her debut EP.  Her EP’s lead single ‘Roam’ is already making waves, clocking over 1 million streams (and counting) on Spotify in only 6 weeks.  Catch Theia at Electric Coastline this summer.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM