Olivia Rodrigo covers Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’ at a bar in Manchester

The pop star gave a surprise performance at a local dive bar after one of her live shows

Many artists would be wiped after a headline show at Manchester’s O2 Apollo, but not Olivia Rodrigo. Following the latest stop on her Sour tour, the singer and a few members of her live band found their way to local dive bar Bunny Jackson’s, where they asked to jump up in front of the crowd and play a song. Their pick was the hit 1997 song ‘Torn’ by Natalie Imbruglia.

Drummer Oliver James, whose band were playing at the bar, was happy to yield the stage. “Mate, it was wild,” he commented. “They just showed up after playing the arena and her [tour manager] asked to jump on between our sets!” He added: “They were all very lovely.”

Rodrigo has been making a habit of playing covers on her Sour tour, treating audiences to renditions of tracks by Avril Lavigne, No Doubt and Alanis Morissette, among others. She most recently performed a duet with Lily Allen at Glastonbury of Allen’s song ‘F*** You’, with Rodrigo dedicating the performance to the justices who overturned Roe v Wade.

At London’s Eventim Apollo, her final stop on the Sour tour, Rodrigo surprised the crowd by bringing Imbruglia out on stage for a duet of ‘Torn’. It seems her dive bar performance was just a warm-up for the main event.