Gigwatch: Zara Larsson @ Eventim Apollo (London)

Written by Jerelyn Adjei-Frimpong

The Scandinavian Pop princess has rounded off the UK leg of her current 17-date European Tour with a final show at Westcliffe-on-sea, Essex. The 10-date leg saw her play in many locations over the UK & Ireland, including London, Birmingham and Manchester as well as Dublin. I had the opportunity to attend her London show at the Eventim Apollo on the 24th October.

Joining her as the opening act on her UK-leg of her self-titled tour was a Liverpool born singer-songwriter known by the mononymously-named TAYA.  Her half-hour set showcased her slow R’n’B jams such as Deeper and When You’re Sober, both of which have accumulated over 1 million streams each on Spotify alone. She then proceeded to slow things down and really show of her vocal ability with an acoustic version of Ariana Grande’s One Last Time proclaiming it as “one of her favourite songs” before finishing her set with the crowd pleaser 5432, as well as her new unreleased RnB single Skin.

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When it came to Miss Larsson’s turn, with her crew of back-up dancers and live band by her side, the singer brought her array of hit singles and her Gold-certified second album So Good to life. She opened the show with her top 5, platinum-selling single Never Forget You, before moving onto a combination of familiar pop bangers such as Girls Like and I Would Like as well as some hidden album secrets such as Sundown and Too Good 4 Me.  This section also included her Ed Sheeran written song Don’t Let Me Be Yours in which she added a section where she proceeded to sing his massive chart-topper Shape Of You.

About half way through her show she decided to speak to her wave of fans explaining how performing in the UK was a “dream come true” and how thankful she was.  I can imagine her audience filled with young teenage girls much appreciated her mini speech about how she would “like her concerts to be a safe place where they can dance and have fun without having to worry about anyone judging you”.

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She then carried on her show showcasing her powerhouse vocals with a stunning rendition of the No. 1 hit she recorded with Clean Bandit, Symphony, before moving onto a nostalgic mashup of Uncover, Carry You Home and Rooftop – 3 singles from her debut 2015 album 1, which was primarily released in Scandinavia – where she continued to humbly thank her fans for her ongoing success within the music industry.

She finally ended the show with show stopping electric performance of her global multi-platinum hit single Lush Life, where she proceeded to give some fans in the front row a chance to perform on stage with her, her dancers and her band.

It’s safe to say that Zara Larson has a secured her spot as one of 2017’s most successful female artists and if her 75-minute set has anything to say about it, she will hopefully have a very long successful career as a pop artists. We are excited to see what’s next.

 

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