REVIEW: DODIE, 27/03, 02 ACADEMY BIRMINGHAM

By Yasmine Summan

In a show-stopping performance that included a lot of flower crowns and glitter, Singer, Song-writer and Youtube sensation, Dodie Clark, put on a dazzling performance last night as she sweeps through the nation on her current UK tour, Dodie, joined by non-other than the amazing talents of, Skinny Living and Fenne Lilly.

Opening the night, Fenne Lilly put on a respectable opening performance with transfixing, angelic vocals from Lily and powerful, metaphorical lyrics that had the crowd mesmerized and set a calm, relaxed atmosphere in the room. But Skinny Living kicked into their performance with a more upbeat, faster tempo that raised the energy in the room. They almost reminded me of a “new age Mumford and Sons”, with their niche indie sound and brisk, soothing vocals from lead singer, Ryan Johnston, that echoed to the furthest depths of the room. You could latch on to their high energy, catchy riffs and refreshing use of acoustic guitar in more up-tempo songs, that contrasts to how most pop and indie music typically play out acoustic songs, which is usually the same repetitive, overdone sad song. Both bands brought something different and unique to their act, Fenne Lilly had the crowd in awe with her mellowed out energy and soft, heavenly vocals, whereas Skinny Living brought a high energy to the room with a faster beat that everyone could dance around to.

Dodie graced the stage, opening to the excitement of many with her hit “would you be so kind?” Her vocals caressed the room, with every note floating through the air and every harmony weaving into one another almost effortlessly. I appreciated the use of unfamiliar instruments in the performance as they made the show more interesting, engaged the audience more and better translated slower, sadder songs to emphasize the raw emotion through the use of a simple violin, or a low humming bass guitar. The contrast between slow, mellow songs and high energy, upbeat songs in the set-list played out nicely as it gave Dodie a chance to seize the audience for a quiet moment of peaceful reflection as her soft vocals chimed through the room in songs like “Sick Of Lousing Soulmates”, only to raise the roof once again with more happy, high tempo songs that had everyone dancing around such as “In The Middle.”

 

 

Everything on this tour seemed strategically thought out to make it more than just her singing on stage and instead, an actual performance that is worth paying money for. Roses decorated the whole stage, dangling from the ceiling and wrapping around the microphones, whilst lighting arrangements set the mood of the room i.e. for sadder songs, blue and purple lights were cast on Dodie, but during happier songs, warm orange and red lights filled the room, as well the lighting changed with the lyrics i.e. in her hit song “You”, when she sang the lyrics “why do all the red flags look so fun?” the lighting changed to red. I think every single detail was completely thought and planned, and I thoroughly appreciate the effort her whole team went to, to truly make this an amazing night.

 

 

Energy bounced around the room, as Dodie and her band triumphed the stage with her sweet light-hearted spirit and upbeat tempo songs that encouraged the crowd to bounce along. Seeing her for the first time, you’d think she’d been preforming for years, as Dodie appears to have mastered the technique of climaxing crowd energy and connecting with her audience live. All around me, bright young faces were lit with ecstatic smiles or emotional tears, as Dodie waved her fans through a series of emotions in the short space of an hour. It was truly surreal to hear the crowd overpowering her vocals, and for the whole room to chime in for one powerful, heartfelt and emotional sing-along. Through-out the whole show, the Essex’s sensation conveyed a kind-hearted,loving and warm nature toward the audience, even stopping the show at certain points when fans had passed out and ushering the crowd to move out the way so security could help fans. After seeing her live, you’d find it hard to fight the temptation not to fall in love with her sweet personality and catchy tunes.

The night ended with a bittersweet closing number to “Sweet Caroline” where all the bands came out and bowed together. With another successful tour date sold, Dodie is dominating the UK on her current tour and will continue her adventures on her American tour starting in September 2018.

Check out Dodie’s music here.

Or watch her videos here.

 

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