Canadian electropop don Grimes, aka Claire Boucher, hit O2 Academy Brixton in London last night for a banger-filled set of punchy pop and oddball electro, as part of her AC!D Reign tour. It was a night to remember.
Grimes' AC!D Reign tour hit O2 Academy Brixton hard last night (March 10) for her only London show – and ahead of the night, demand for tickets to the 5,000-capacity venue was huge.
Otherworldly intro 'Laughing And Not Being Normal' sets the tone for the show, which Grimes recently said fits into "a single duffel bag". But it doesn't feel at all minimalistic – the set is based on videogame Metal Gear, with black-and-white camoflage mesh draped all over her production gear and across the back of the stage.
The setlist is primarily cuts from fourth album 'Art Angels' – NME's album of 2015 – and her 2012 breakthrough, 'Visions'. Here she is casually changing the mix while singing. Easy.
A highlight of the set's first half is 'Flesh In The Blood', the lead single from 'Art Angels', which saw her donning a guitar and had the entire crowd chanting along.
The camo mesh behind Grimes and co lit up to provide a glittering backdrop for past hits like 'Go', 'Realiti' and 'Symphonia'. Taiwanese rapper and 'Scream' collaborator Aristophanes couldn't be there, so Grimes rapped her bit in Russian instead.
Support act Hana had already wowed the crowd with her bass-heavy, high-impact slow jams; she returned to join Grimes for the final few tracks, including 'Oblivion', while her distinctive dancers twirled ribbon sticks.
Hana stayed on for the next two songs, which included 'World Princess Part II', a massive 'Art Angels' track Grimes had performed live only once before.
The laser-filled encore of 'Kill V Maim', the mid-album banger from 'Art Angels', is the perfect way to end the show. The crowd reaction is seismic, as expected.