From crafting one of the year's best hip-hop albums, to turning AutoTuned triplet rhyme schemes into a dominating pop presence, Migos have achieved plenty this year.

If you had to call it 'The Year of the Migos,' well, it would be hard to argue with you.

But at last night's New Zealand debut, the Atlanta rap trio proved there's something they can't do: make a mosh pit full of stubborn Kiwis form a circle.

"Open that shit up! Open. That. Shit. Up!" barked Quavo, Offset and Takeoff at Spark Arena's heaving moshpit, trying to get them to form an open air circle pit to punctuate their next song.


Spark Arena's rammed mid-section managed to make not just one but two circles, but they were pathetically small, which only seemed to fuel their anger.

"Connect that shit! Connect. That. Shit!" they yelled at those separating the pits and standing in the way of their circular dreams.

After actual minutes, they gave up and launched into their next song. But there was a problem: the circle pits had dissipated before the beat dropped.

So they decided to go through the entire routine again - with exactly the same results.

It was lengthy waste of time in a show that was preciously short of it. All in all, Migos were only on stage for 45 minutes last night, a barely believable amount of time for the year's biggest rap success story, one that landed with an EP, two albums, 15 mixtapes, untold guest spots, and enough hits to last hours, to their name.

What's even less believable is just how lacking in energy Migos were. For the most part, the three, who are aged between 23 and 26, stood motionless on stage, occasionally wandering around but rarely showing any kind of emotion and only scarcely interacting with each other or the crowd.

It's a shame, then, that everything else around them was completely and utterly lit. Like 6lack, a fellow Atlanta rapper who delivered a masterclass in restrained mood-rap as the show's opening act.

Or the boisterous Kiwi crowd, who arrived ready, willing and able to totally turn up on a Tuesday.


And Migos' biggest songs - from their 2013 mixtape hit Hannah Montana, to this year's simple but effective T-Shirt - still sound as fresh and focused as the day they were released.

During Bad and Boujee, pyro and smoke stacks lit the stage and confetti snaked into the air. It should have been, as the DJ proclaimed, the chance for a "movie moment".

But with the trio seemingly fixed to their separate spots, it just felt deflating - especially when compared to the firestarting live shows of peers like Lil Yachty, Travis Scott and Lil Uzi Vert.

We should be thankful, then, for DJ Durel, Migos' hype man who delivered a collage of pummelling rap hits to warm up the crowd, jumping all over the stage to songs by Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Ferg, Cardi B and Future while working them into a near frenzy.

He knows about passion. He knows about energy. He knows how to talk to a crowd.

When Migos were ready to arrive on stage, he shrieked, "Are you ready for the Miiiiiiiiigos?" so ear piercingly loudly it was like someone had just set a mouse loose near Mariah Carey.


Then the trio wandered on stage, and everything deflated. Next time, let's let DJ Durel handle the party. Migos clearly weren't up for the task.

Who: Migos with 6lack
Where: Spark Arena, Auckland
When: Tuesday, October 10