WORTH A LOOK?: ****
WHERE? Eventim Apollo
SETLIST: Mine Right Now; In Vain; Schedules; Plot Twist; Raw; Sight Of You; Don’t Kill My Vibe; Level Up; High Five; Fake Friends; Business Dinners; Sucker Punch; Dynamite; Home To You; Basic: Never Mine; Strangers; Don’t Feel Like Crying
It’s the last night of Sigrid’s tour, she’s a second album to write and she leaves us with a truly memorable show and wanting more.
* Read on for reasons including how ballad Dynamite wins prolonged applause here
One of the many things that mark Sigrid out as different to her contemporaries is that she doesn’t have to request her audience turns on the lights on their mobile phones during the big emotional moment of the night.
Instead she remarks: ‘Love the lights’ as her devoted audience ends a performance of the well-named, Adele-like Dynamite (watch below) with a bout of prolonged applause that leaves our heroine musing how unusual that is for a slow song.
It’s an anthemic ballad that is probably the best song that she has written so far that is devastating in its elegant lyrical simplicity (‘You’re safe as a mountain but know that I am dynamite’) and this is multiplied by the moving way it is performed solo at the piano.
This is Sigrid’s biggest London gig to date and she has sold out the 5,000 standing capacity Eventim Apollo, a step up from where we saw her at the 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and 02 Brixton Academy in 2018.
Sigrid is now 23 and we’re enjoying her own sense of style: little or no make up, a rugby shirt and glittery silver flares. At times she reminds of a sweary Greta Thunberg.
Her talent includes writing songs which speak so clearly to her audience that they adopt them as their own as they do for the Lizzo song Good As Hell which plays to rapturous applause immediately before our diminutive Norwegian heroine takes to the stage.
Another of her best songs is Don’t Kill My Vibe, a refusal to be kowtowed by the older generation, whose words mean so much to her fans that they shriek them back at the singer.
A great show climaxes with bangers Strangers and Don’t Feel Like Crying. We’ll miss Sigrid as she takes time out from touring to write her next album. She’s plenty of living to do before knocking out a follow up to her fine Sucker Punch debut.
- Picture via Facebook courtesy Sigrid. Tickets
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