- 06 Nov 18
Let’s get one thing out of the way - Sigrid is a star. There’s no will-she/won’t she here, no need for the hypothetical or even the future tense. This is now, and Sigrid is owning this moment.
Of course, anybody who caught her weekend-stealing set on the cavernous Heniken stage at Electric Picnic could have told you that.
You can tell she’s a star by the way she moves, a dynamo of infectious, positive energy, covering every square inch of the stage. It’s in the twinkle of her eye, her cheeky grin, the assertiveness in how she makes the Olympia stage hers.
Most importantly, it’s in the way she makes her fans feel recognised. It feels like she makes eye contact with everyone at some point, and a simple smile and wave made the night of two young girls on the balcony. All ages from five up are here tonight - even yer da loves her.
There’s no album out yet, but she plays seventeen tracks tonight - beginning with latest single ‘Sucker Punch’, an appropriate title for such a strong opener. Another early highlight is ‘Plot Twist’, a smart diss track against an ex made memorable by its “Shots Fired!” hook. “We’re only just started,” she grins, lapping up the adulation.
Later she acknowledges the difficulty of capturing the real world in pop songwriting: “It’s difficult to write about so the things the things that are going on in the world that are pretty fucked up and fit them in three minutes.” Her attempt, the more sombre ‘Savage in Our Blood’ isn’t bad at all - “When I feel so goddamn helpless and low/That I'm tempted to shut down and let go/There's savage in our blood.”
A penny for the thoughts of the dismissive producers who sparked the fire inside Sigrid that led her to write breakthrough hit ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ - it sounds massive tonight. Earlier in the day, a return date at the 3arena next year was announced, and Sigrid looks delighted to share the news onstage. We won’t see her back in the Olympia again - filling arenas won’t trouble this fearless trailblazer in the slightest.