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Maple Glider presents ‘I Finally Feel Less Socially Awkward’

Collective Artists & Pieater Present

Maple Glider presents ‘I Finally Feel Less Socially Awkward’

7:30pm, Fri 1 July, 2022
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Maple Glider presents "I finally feel less socially awkward"

In what is planned as the only Naarm/Melbourne headline performance with a band for 2022 - Maple Glider will be taking to The Night Cat, Friday July 1. Performing songs from her debut LP To Enjoy is the Only Thing, one year after its release. The aptly titled show “I finally feel less socially awkward” is a nod to the response Maple Glider has received as an artist breaking through amidst lockdowns and coming out the otherside with real fans, a testament to the power of the music.

To Enjoy is the Only Thing is an album full of brittle intimacies and effortlessly balanced instrumentation (not a note wasted). In the singer-songwriter tradition, the solo project of Tori Zietsch (‘peach’ with a z) is centred around the lyrics, exploring deeply personal themes and often serving as a self-catharsis, brought to vivid life by the beauty of Tori’s artistry and wry sense of dark humour.

Over plucked acoustic guitar or deftly weighted piano chords, Maple Glider shares vignettes of her life; growing up in a restrictive religious household, falling in an out of love, interstate and international relocations, the new perspectives travel can bring along with the alienation of being away from the familiar.

This is what the album looks like to me: walking past tinsel covered trees in mid-September, swimming along the calanques in the south of France, car-bonnet frost, darkness at 4pm, lightness until 10pm, a muted feeling, the perpetual grey fog that swallows the Silver Coast, the colour red, this ugly green dress, red wine, red blood, red lips, red is the colour of the cardinal’s robe, Switzerland, my mother’s diaries, a coroner’s report, the sun on my face, the end of love, “To enjoy is the only thing. BTCH$” - Maple Glider

The album was written around 2018/19. After the dissolution of a musical project (so well caught in “Friend”), Zietsch went travelling and eventually settled in Brighton, UK. It was thereZietsch experienced heavy loneliness, and entered a pool of self-reflection. She returned to Melbourne late 2019 with a soundcloud literally full of demos. She enlisted Tom Iansek (Big Scary / #1 Dads / The Paper Kites / Hockey Dad / full credits here) to record, mix and produce the first batch of songs she was ready to get down. During the shared time spent at Pieater’s studio BellBird with Iansek, the wider team got to fully appreciate the wonderful artistry and beauty of Maple Glider, and welcomed her to the family. 


Since releasing the first single “As Tradition” in September 2020, Maple Glider has since partnered with a world-class team across the globe - Partisan Records are releasing the music outside of ANZ; Third Side Music for publishing; and Collective Artists (Aus), Mother Artists (UK/EU) and CAA (Americas) for bookings. Her songs have attracted over 10M streams; she’s got fans at NPR Music, Stereogum, Paste, KCRW, Gorilla vs Bear, Consequence, triple j, NME and Rolling Stone; has been playlisted on radio in Australia, NZ, the USA and France; and sold out her debut headline show in Melbourne.

We acknowledge that this event will be held on Wurundjeri land of the Kulin Nation and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.


Set times are subject to change.
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Photo ID is essential, acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence or Passport
The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person.
Intoxicated persons will not be admitted.
Dangerous behaviour including Crowd Surfing, Stage Diving, Moshing and Violent Dancing is not allowed and will result in your immediate removal from this venue.
Inappropriate behaviour at this venue will lead to your banning.


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Hand sanitiser is available at point of entry and throughout the venue.

Please stay home if you are feeling unwell.