Red Bull took to the famous Collins Music Hall in Islington to present Londoners with the freshest sounds of the underground. The ‘Future Underground’ series took place for three nights in a row, with the line-up of each night only announced 24 hours in advance.
Being a spontaneous music lover, I bagged some tickets for the Thursday night on, 10th September 2015, gig which saw Charli XCX headlining the event.
The old Collins Music hall is probably the most stunning music venues I have ever been to, an impressive venue three storeys underground, which consists of one large round main hall, circled with three floors of balconies. The bare concrete walls and scaffolding railings worked surprisingly well with the whole set up as the lights and massive screens fit in perfectly. The old layout of the original Collins Music hall still visible had the punters marvelling at its beauty.
New Yorker Duo ‘Lion Babe’ warmed up the crowd with their beautiful neo-soul sound. Front woman Jillian Hervey clearly blew the audience away with her strong voice singing over Lucas Goodman’s impressive work on the mixers, delivering some amazing tunes like ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Impossible’.
After a quick pit stop at the bar I randomly bumped into Stewart, Callum and Lewis from my favourite Scottish bands ‘PRIDES‘. What a nice surprise! The lads were as lovely as ever and had time for a quick chat and a cheeky photo 😉 Thanks again lads. Was lovely to meet you!
Shortly after the lights went down it was time for headliner Charli XCX and her brilliant band to own the stage.
Charli kicked things off in style with the powerful anthem ‘Sucker’ from her same titled album. The crowd went wild and Charli screamed a ‘Welcome London’, announcing that this was her last headline show in the UK for a while, so it better be a good one. Needless to say, that the crowd was on the same page and broke out into massive cheers.
Next up was ‘Breaking Up’ which saw Charli playing her trademark massive inflatable guitar on stage, which was a right laugh earned massive whoops from the audience.
The noise level rose even higher as the first beats of ‘I Love It’ the collaboration with Swedish Duo Icona Pop dropped. Within seconds the place went wild; everyone was singing and furiously dancing along to the well-known lyrics.
Charli XCX who first rose to fame as a collaborator for various other artists is now an impressive singer in her own rights. A little bit rough around the edges, equipped with a stunning voice and the energy level of a youngster she knows damn well how to entertain the crowds.
Being a pop music wild child, Charli XCX took it rather well as several gig goers threw some wrapped Tampons on stage, having a right laugh with her band and even thanking the grateful donor.
The set continued with energetic performances of ‘Famous’, ‘Super Love’ and ‘Doing It’, that had Charli jumping all over the stage and the crowds bouncing.
Collins Music Hall was proper buzzing and having a pretty good time as Charli XCX launched into ‘Break The Rules’. Massive sing-alongs ensued and Charli was genuinely chuffed by the crowd’s involvement of screaming back the words to her.
Proving a point that not only she has an impressive singing voice, but also showing off her rapping skills, Charli XCX started the famous track ‘Fancy’. Unfortunately everything has to come to an end and after powerful 45 minutes set Charli XCX declared that this was going to be her last song, not before thanking every single person that came along for the great time.
Charli XCX wrapped things up with her hit single ‘Boom Clap’ which went down a treat and had all the punters singing in unison one last time.
At the end of the night I was pleasantly surprised how good this gig was as I had never seen Charli XCX perform live before, but hell yeah. That girl can put on a great show and on top of that, her voice sounds pretty amazing live. It was quite refreshing to see a female pop star being a bit rough around the edges and still being quite authentic.
Make sure to better check Charli XCX out if she stops over next time. It’s totally worth it.