Taking on All Points East Lorde proves why she is the popstar for a new generation.
The anticipation is staggering before Ella Yelich-O’Connor, better known as Lorde enters the stage. Accompanied by a team of back up dancers, the singer wastes no time as she delves into ‘Sober’. The searing cut from last year’s Melodrama already has the crowd infatuated, fully immersed in the wonderful world of Lorde. Her hauntingly striking vocals shine against the backdrop of saturated R&B beats.
With Lorde nothing is ever half-hearted. She throws her body around the stage, giving in to the physicality if the performance as if her life depended on it. Balancing the edge of savvy cool and gripping melancholy, Lorde captures the millennial mind in a truly unique way. Gripped by the moment, she cracks up a beaming smile, letting go of the hyper-professionalism for a second.
The tangible sense of emotion that runs through Lorde’s catalogue is definitely her ally. Taking on the London crowd this sunny afternoon she’s broken a few hearts – in the best way possible. Her passionate deliverance reaches new peaks with ‘Liability’. The anthem strikes hard, taking on the heavier side of self-reflection.
Rounding up with a hit parade, Lorde knows how to build up a final. Smashing out the ultimate banger of recklessness, ‘Royals’. She follows with teen hazed ‘Team’ and the all-encompassing afterthought of ‘Perfect Places’.
Culminating with the bombastic hit, ‘Green Light’, Lorde has gifted us with an immaculate show, one to be savoured for a long time.
Words by Aurora Henni Krogh, feature image courtesy of Jordan Curtis Huges