Brixton Academy, 6rd June 2014
Lorde – aka New Zealand’s biggest success story of 2013 – has continued to make headlines since her single Royals took the top spot on the Billboard charts, making her the youngest artist to do so in 26 years! Performing two sold-out London shows, it was at Brixton Academy she joked about the time she performed her first UK show at Madame JoJo’s show, a venue holding just 200 people as opposed to the current 5000 seemed disinterested in her work and was probably only present because of their bosses’ request. As if struck by lightning dead on 9:15pm, the academy was in blackout whilst anticipation filled the gap for Lorde’s arrival. As the curtain fell, she opened with a pitch perfect performance of Glory and Gore against a background of three gold squares and a shimmering crystallized chandelier.
Dressed in a black trouser suit and crisp white shirt, Lorde’s sheer elegance is not something you’d expect from your average teen star. Flaunting herself in a provocative nature is completely off the cards here, keeps things strictly professional and gimmick free! Belting out tracks from her debut album Pure Heroine and some earlier material such as Bravado and Biting Down from The Love Club EP, spotlights intermittently flashed giving a sense of the eerie, hair-raising weirdness Lorde also projects into her music.
Whilst Lorde is an exceptional artist to see in a live setting, her utterly uncanny performance style of jerky dance moves and flexible arched body is engaging. Lorde’s tone and pace throughout stayed the same. Trying to add some ‘shazam’ for the finale moment, she made a swift exit before returning to stage in a gold cloak to sing ‘A World Alone. Ending the night was a confetti cannon with her own logo printed tissue paper bursting into the crowd to give an added personal touch.
Overall her paradox world is one that is incredibly captivating, and I can’t wait to see how she develops from teen to a young lady. While Lorde is afraid of growing up, unfortunately just like Peter Pan this fantasy is not real.
People are talking, people are talking, Let ’em talk.