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It’s been three months since Scandinavian pop superstar Sigrid last took to the stage. She’s been holed up writing the follow-up to last year’s Sucker Punch debut, she explains with a characteristic grin spread wide across her face. The mere mention of new music incites an impromptu giggle, an excitement mirrored by her live return.
Sigrid arrives at London’s picturesque Omeara as part of the annual BRITs Week, a collection of comparably intimate shows in support of War Child. Her last London headline show saw her take to the Eventim Apollo, a venue over fifteen times the size of tonight’s. It marks a mere stopgap in her recording journey, as Sigrid notes we won’t see her again for a number of months.
The atmosphere is suitably celebratory. As Sigrid powers through sixteen tracks of sheer pop perfection, her enjoyment is unquestionable. Her interaction with the crowd only serves to increase the intimate nature of the show. She jokes, laughs and repeatedly thanks the energetic fans who have braved a stormy Sunday to get up and close and personal with the pop powerhouse. Paired with some elaborate lighting, a flawless live band, and Sigrid’s hugely impressive vocals, Omeara is turned into one of London’s biggest and best parties of the weekend – and that’s with Tommy Hilfiger’s Fashion Week party a stone’s throw away.
When the live band depart the stage, leaving Sigrid front a centre with only her keyboard, she’s given a chance for her vocals to truly shine. Stripped back numbers Dynamite and Home To You are met with jubilant gasps from onlookers, ones who are just as quick to dance the night away to massive singles Don’t Kill My Vibe and Strangers – the latter providing a spine-tingling singalong late into the evening.
Declaring tonight her last live show for some time, Sigrid implores the crowd to give it their all for the final track, Don’t Feel Like Crying, and all oblige instantly. Come the end and taking a genuinely thankful bow, Sigrid returns home to work on album No.2 off the back of a truly unforgettable night.
The BRIT Awards take place on Tuesday 18 February 2020, broadcast exclusively on ITV. Donate to War Child here.
Photos by Patrick Gunning