But Safia’s show was only a footnote to the crowd; they’d only come to see one girl.Before Lorde had even sung a single note, this diverse audience filled with all kinds of people, mums, dads, young children coming to see their first concert, 30-somethings on date night, the cool kids, the weird kids, they were all already in the palm of her hand when she walked on stage all dressed in black.
It’s so rare when an artist steps into the limelight and such a wide range of individuals stand up and take notice, even rarer when that artist hasn’t even graduated high school. But Lorde did not perform like she was still in school; she performed like she had been doing it her whole life. Every move she made, her adoring fans responded exactly how she wished them to. Only a two-piece band backed her but no set of eyes wavered from her presence, watching closely while she danced like a possessed puppet. Mid-set, she spontaneously fell to the floor, making everyone in the room’s heart jump worrying about her health, killing the light show for just a moment to make sure she was fine, but she nonchalantly responded with a “It’s nice down here”, letting us all rest easy. The highlight of Lorde’s visual spectacle was easily when she left the stage for only a moment and returned in a shimmering golden dress and matching cloak like the world's most decadent vampire, only making me gaze upon her even more. How can someone who on stage seems so obviously introverted be so utterly captivating?
Lorde has that rare gift that only a few performers in a generation have where she can make every single person in the room feel like her best friend. They scream out her birth name (“Ella! Ella! You are my queen!”) and it seems like she responds. She personalises her show, letting who she is shine through, apologising so sincerely for postponing her shows and introducing set highlight ‘Ribs’ with a personal and heart warming speech about growing older. Maybe it’s just her songs and her age but it seems like it only takes a flick of her wrist to make the room instantly feel what she feels. And maybe that’s why she’s had so much success, her bag of hits (which is scarily deep for a 17-year-old) are so honest and relatable and that element to her music only stuck out more in a live setting. She could only whisper “Don’t you think it’s boring how people talk” and the room would erupt.
The question on everyone’s lips about Lorde though is, can she keep this up for a career or is it just the fluke of the decade? Leaving that show, the answer was pretty clear: Lorde is not going anywhere.
Review by Noah Ward.
Photo by Chloe Miller.