Charli XCX – The Old Blue Last, April 17th 2013

Charli XCX – The Old Blue Last, April 17th 2013

I’ve been keeping my eye on Charli XCX for a while. Over the last two years, she’s released a series of dark, catchy, electro-pop songs. On the week of her debut album release, she played both Banquet Records in Kingston and The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. Due to an administration error (forgot to check the diary), I was at both shows.

Charli doesn’t perform like someone who has only just released her first album. She has toured extensively, supporting Ellie Goulding, Marina and the Diamonds, Santigold and Coldplay, and it shows in her live set. Looking like she’s stepped out of the 90s, in platform trainers, a tartan pleated skirt and crop top, she performs with confidence and style.

Banquet Records was a typically more subdued affair, but Charli performed four songs including What I Like and, personal favorite, You (Ha Ha Ha) to an appreciative audience.

 Charli XCX @ Banquet Records

The following day, her set at The Old Blue Last was a very different experience. The venue wasn’t much bigger than the record shop. A room above a pub. It was packed full. Charli and her band had to walk through the audience to climb onto the stage. It was an excellent show. It’s possibly because she’s been releasing songs for so long or it maybe it was just the quality of her material, but every song sounded like a single. There was no lull, no ‘album track’ moment in the short set.

Charli XCX @ The Old Blue Last

The final song was I Love It, an Icona Pop track that Charli XCX features on. Somehow I had missed this song when it was released. It has fifteen million views on YouTube, and I’d never heard it before! I think I was the only one though. The crowd loved it. Everyone in the room was jumping. The floor was shaking ominously, but thankfully held up. It was an energetic end to an excellent set.

 Charli XCX @ The Old Blue Last

You can listen to I Love It below!



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