Electric Brixton, a pulsating hub for music fans, became the epicentre of enchantment on the third stop of Loreen’s enthralling “The Tattoo Tour 2023”. Following the fervour in Dublin and the exuberance in Glasgow, London embraced the evening with fervent anticipation.
Before the lights dimmed and the two-time Eurovision winner, Loreen, took centre stage, the venue buzzed with excitement as attendees eagerly awaited the spectacle. Notably, among the enthralled audience, Rylan Clark’s presence in the box added an extra spark, igniting some whispers of excitement throughout the venue, although most people noticed at the end of the night when the lights came up and people started looking his way – he did post on his Instagram story as the crowd waited for Loreen.
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Olivia Lunny’s Soulful Prelude Accompanied by Live Band
The night commenced with Olivia Lunny’s magnetic performance, enhanced by the synergy of her captivating vocals and the dynamism of her live band. Every note reverberated through Electric Brixton, capturing the essence of Lunny’s artistry. Her stage presence exuded confidence as she effortlessly navigated through her set, connecting with the audience on an emotional level.
Having recently released her stunning EP “HEARTBREAK ON REPEAT“, we expected Lunny to captivate us from the get-go, and she certainly did that. Her set shined, her vocals were flawless, and her band brought the energy. Her sweet honesty was portrayed as she introduced her backing band and she completely nailed tracks like “FIX THIS” and “TIMEZONE”.
The live band accompanying Lunny elevated her performance, adding layers of depth to her already mesmerising sound. Their synergy was palpable, creating an immersive experience that set the stage for an unforgettable night. What an opener! Lunny made sure to excite the audience for Loreen, showcasing her perfection as a support act in every way – she continues to prove exactly why she is someone to watch in the next year or so.
Loreen’s Transcendent Showcase: Unveiling the Magic
An Electrifying Start
As the anticipation reached its zenith, the atmosphere crackled with excitement, heralding Loreen’s arrival. The stage illuminated as she graced it, launching into an electrifying rendition of her incredible discography. From the ethereal notes of “In My Head” to the soul-stirring melodies of “My Heart is Refusing Me”, Loreen’s vocal prowess painted a vivid tapestry of emotions, captivating every soul in attendance.
A Journey Through Iconic Tracks
Loreen’s set was a testament to her talent and ability to enrapture the audience. She didn’t merely sing her songs; she crafted an evolving aura that grew as she wove her way through her stunning setlist. Captivating her audience throughout, she made a decisive impact with her superb vocals, building and expanding her set.
It’s undeniable how talented she is, managing to blow us away with some of her most iconic tracks, but there were certainly some unforgettable moments. “Crying Out Your Name” was one passionate performance, allowing her gorgeous vocals to wash over the audience, creating a heartfelt occasion that seamlessly flowed into the spellbinding rendition of her new single “Is It Love“.
The newly released track is easily one of our favourites from her discography, but hearing “Is It Love” live is truly unforgettable, and it’s clear how much she loves this song, herself, as she later sang it a second time, in her set, something she didn’t do with any other song. We really fell in love with the song when it was initially released, and we adore the music video, but there’s certainly something magical in it when hearing it live, effortlessly allowing Loreen to put her heart and soul into it.
Embracing Heritage and Culture
Paying homage to her cultural roots, Loreen serenaded the audience with an Arab song – a rendition of Wanda’s “Batwanes beek”, showcasing her appreciation for her heritage. The transition between her slow ballads and up-tempo beats revealed her deliberate and masterful control over the set’s dynamics, later stating that she loves to start her sets off slow before adding her dance tracks.
The Euphoric Second Half
The latter part of Loreen’s set was a crescendo of excitement and energy. Loreen stunned her audience, even more so, grabbing our attention with the likes of “Ride”, “My Heart Is Refusing Me”, and “Body”. She excited us all with a remix version of her Eurovision 2012 winning song “Euphoria”, bringing an extended version to the mix allowing us to bask in the glory of this formidable winning track.
Revelling in Radiant Soundscapes
Continuing to impress, she absolutely nailed “Neon Lights” – a song that totally deserves so much more credit. It was then that she performed her Eurovision 2023 winning song, “Tattoo”, and while we may not have had the theatrical floating box and staging, we did have a smoke machine, Loreen’s long nails, and her down-right perfect vocals. “Tattoo” has embedded itself in our memory, and her impeccable delivery was totally next-level.
It also seems that “Tattoo” is set to get a resurgence on the UK Official Singles Chart, thanks to both her concert and Strictly Come Dancing as Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin danced the Argentine Tango to this track in what should’ve been a perfect 40 score as it certainly seemed exemplary to us. This was brilliant timing to have this track on the show on the same week that Loreen performed in London.
An Iconic Finale: “Is It Love” and “Statements”
The climax of the evening culminated in an unforgettable moment as Loreen concluded the show with a captivating acoustic rendition of her sensational new single, “Is It Love”. Previously performed in its original version earlier in the set, this acoustic rendition cast a spell over the audience, leaving them in awe of Loreen’s versatility and emotive depth. Having previously heard the audience sing the track at the top of their lungs alongside Loreen’s original version, it was incredible to not only hear Loreen strip it back and tone it down but also hear the audience do the same, harmonising with the Eurovision winner.
The iconic ending statement came with the final song of the night, “Statements”, a powerful anthem that reverberated throughout the venue, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all present. How this song didn’t make it to the Melodifestivalen final, we’ll never know, but what a way to end her set.
Harmonies That Echoed Beyond: Loreen’s Unforgettable Night of Transcendence
The echoes of Loreen’s ethereal performance lingered in the air long after the final “Statements” note had faded into the night. As the audience slowly dispersed from Electric Brixton, they carried with them a profound sense of awe and fulfilment, having been part of a musical journey that transcended the boundaries of time and space.
The synergy between Loreen’s magnetic stage presence, Olivia Lunny’s soulful prelude, and the enthralling amalgamation of “Neon Lights”, “Tattoo”, and “Is It Love” created an aura of musical brilliance that enveloped every soul in attendance. The interplay between the luminescent melodies and radiant harmonies became a tapestry woven with emotion, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all present.
As the doors closed on this monumental night, what remained was not just the memory of stellar performances, but a lingering sense of unity forged through music. Loreen’s “The Tattoo Tour 2023” in London became more than just a concert; it became an experience, an escape into a world where melodies danced and emotions soared, uniting a diverse audience under the banner of musical transcendence.
The Tattoo Tour 2023 Setlist (Electric Brixton, London)
- In My Head
- Crying Out Your Name
- Is It Love
- Batwanes beek (Wanda Cover)
- Jupiter Drive
- My Heart Is Refusing Me
- Euphoria (Remix/Extended Version)
- Paper Light Revisited
- Neon Lights
- Is It Love (Acoustic Version)
Catch Loreen on the remaining dates of The Tattoo Tour 2023:
Loreen is set to continuously tour extensively across Europe hitting countries such as Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Noway, Finland, and of course her home country of Sweden, amongst many more. Many dates are sold out, although reseller tickets may be available – we recommend you only buy from trusted sources. You can find ticket information on her official website.
- November 16 – Warsaw, Poland – Klub Stodoła
- November 17 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks
- November 19 – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller Music Hall
- November 20 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
- November 23 – Stockholm, Sweden – Cirkus Arena
- November 26 – Helsinki, Finland – Vanha Ylioppilastalo
- November 27 – Tampere, Finland – Pakkahuone
- November 29 – Tallinn, Estonia – Noblessner Foundry
- November 30 – Riga, Latvia – Palladium
- December 1 – Kaunas, Lithuania – Kauno Arena
- December 4 – Zürich, Switzerland – X-TRA
- December 5 – Paris, France – Alhambra
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