Lorde played to a sold out crowd at London’s Brixton Academy last night (June 6) for what was only her third ever UK performance.
The 17-year-old singer, real name Ella Yellich-O’Connor, opened the show with ‘Glory Or Gore’, stood in front of a black curtain and wearing a black blazer, trousers and a white shirt. As the song finished, the curtain shot up to reveal her two-piece backing band playing beneath a chandelier and three gold picture frames hung on a velvet curtain.
Playing her entire album plus ‘Bravado’ and ‘Biting Down’, taken from her ‘Tennis Court’ EP, and a cover of New York musician Son Lux’s ‘Easy’, Lorde rarely spoke to the crowd in the first half of the set. Before her version of The Replacements’ ‘Swinging Party’, she told fans: “This song is not my own but I really like it.”
As her backing band drew out the opening of ‘Ribs’ towards the end of her hour-long performance, she told the crowd “I’m scared of growing up” before talking at length about the people she’d met, shows she’d played and experiences she’d had around the world since her breakthrough. She then brought the gig to a close with ‘Team’, which saw white confetti printed with a line-drawn image of the singer shot over the crowd and during which she briefly left the stage to change into a gold dress and cape for final track ‘A World Alone’.
‘Glory Or Gore’
‘White Teeth Teens’
‘A World Alone’