Considering the very energetic crowd there was no over the top movement that caused anyone any harm. Everyone was just in high spirits. Even when Girli jumped into the crowd, the audience gathered around her getting close but not too close so she could keep up her energetic performance too.
People can think what they like about Girli, I mean I even had my assumptions. Yet once you witness her live and see the faces and crowd reactions she draws in, there is no denying that she is a forward thinking role model.
‘Neck Contour’ is a song about the negativity that social media can bring and that we ‘have to remember that you are beautiful…Don’t let someone’s ‘happy’ photo online bring you down.’ Then there’s ‘Pink,’ a song about being ‘tired of being fucked over by people,’ which brings a huge roar from the crowd.
In fact every song in the set list had the whole crowd not only jumping about but also singing out loud to every single lyric. Girli tells the crowd we are seeing every side of her in the songs she has chosen.
This is shown when on the flip side to ‘Pink,’ there is ‘Play It Cool.’ It is a song about liking someone who doesn’t like you back. So, yeah Girli’s songs and persona may come across as a girl dressed up in pink with an angry attitude, but as a first timer to both her music and live show, I could see that she has many other facets as an artist.
The audience hear her message loud and clear that when she leaves the stage they demand her back with chants of ‘Jeremy Corbyn.’ Admittedly, I have no clue what that was about!
She hears the call and is back on stage with DJ Kitty, for the catchy ‘Day Month Second,’ and ends with ‘Hot Mess.’ The latter seeing Girli’s second crowd surf of the night.
To sum it up, don’t judge a book by it cover, open it up and delve deeper and read between the lines, as if you do you just might be pleasantly surprised!
WORDS AND PHOTOS: VICTORIA LING