Gig Review and Photography by Jeremy Carron

Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie is one of the few, (if not only) three-time world champions in Shotokan karate, touring across the UK at the moment! A singer/songwriter from Essex, she has spent the last couple of years touring with Rudimental as a live vocalist and has even appeared in the West End many years before that, alongside Jessie J in ‘Whistle Down the Wind’. Having released her debut EP, ‘Karate’, earlier in 2015, her debut album is set to release later this year, with all paths having led to tonight, the final night of her debut headline tour.

Anne-Marie

The night started with support from D/C, providing a great set to get everyone ready for Anne-Marie to take to the stage. It wasn’t long until the time came, with the sell-out crowd of Village Underground eagerly awaiting her arrival.

Anne-Marie walked on stage to the cheers that filled the room and kicked off her set with “Karate”, an electronic-pop jam, which also happened to be her debut single. The excitement from the fans’ faces were evident as they beamed up at her, with Anne-Marie saying herself how she couldn’t believe how many faces there were! She even began to say hello to her fans one by one after the song, before having to stop herself soon afterwards. Anne-Marie’s Essex roots shine through the most during her stage banter between songs, especially with her speaking voice, as she laughed and joked with members of the audience. Her genuine appreciation for her fans is evident throughout the night!

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She preceded the next song by saying: “Next one is one of my favourite songs ever, if I do say so myself!” “Gemini”, an R&B song also from her debut EP was next. A Rudimental vibe can be felt throughout the night; with Rudimental fans quick to notice on bass in the band, was none other than Rudimental drummer, Beanie! The third song in the set was the final song of her debut EP – “Stole”, but a quick breather was in need for Anne-Marie to calm her nerves, as she announced: “Hang on a minute, I’m really, really hype!” The performance was full of emotion and slowed things down in the set, after what was an electrifying start.

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Anne-Marie talked about when she had written the next song and how she realised “this is what I want my album to be like”, before performing “Breathing Fire”, an upbeat track that had the whole audience moving. After the performance however, Anne-Marie confesses to the crowd that she still has tears in her eyes from “Stole”, which were making her eyelashes stick together!

Anne-Marie

Next up was fan-favourite “Boy”; with Anne-Marie describing the track’s content as “what a situation that was!” A catchy, funk driven song about the time Anne-Marie was in a relationship with a man, who turned out to be gay. The song has also been named as a ‘Hottest Record In The World’ by Radio 1 DJ, Annie Mac and had everyone in the crowd bouncing along. Things were slowed down once again when “Gentlemen” followed next. After the song, Anne-Marie reflected on how the man she had written it about definitely wasn’t a gentleman, but she gleefully cheered how she got a song out of it!

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Before the next song, there was a brief break for Anne-Marie and her band to throw out Celebrations chocolates and Haribo sweets to the audience – “just so you can all have a munch while you’re watching me!” The sweets were definitely well received by the crowd, even with a few of the Celebrations getting some people in the face, at which point Anne-Marie announced that was enough and it probably wasn’t a good idea to do that at her gigs anymore! “Should’ve Been Me” was up next, a lively and more upbeat song, which had the people moving once again.

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Anne-Marie went on to poke fun at the encore farce. She announced to the crowd that this will be her last one, with herself and the band going backstage and pretending they’ve gone home, until the audience all scream for more! The audience were without a doubt relieved that the night hadn’t come to an end just yet, as Anne-Marie asked them to “rock out to this one”, for next track – “I Used To Love You”.

As promised, Anne-Marie and her band walked off afterwards, before returning to the crowd’s cheers, as she screamed “shut up, I didn’t expect that at all! An encore?!” “Peak” followed next, another powerful and emotional song, which even had Anne-Marie close to tears. “Let’s get out of that emotional and disgusting wreck” laughed Anne-Marie following the performance.

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The mood vastly changed for the penultimate song, when Will Heard appeared on stage for a duet on Rudimental’s track “Rumour Mill”. Will And Anne-Marie both featured on the original recording and the performance was well received by the fans! Some impressive dance moves were unleashed by Will, with Anne-Marie trying to compete with some throwback dance moves, before both of them started dancing in sync! The final song of the night was “Do It Right”. The performance had everyone singing along to the chorus and ended the night on a high note!

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Throughout the night, Anne-Marie has demonstrated what she’s all about! From weaving in and out of genres from pop and R&B, to hip-hop and beyond, while pouring all of her heart and soul into each performance. It’s clear that all this time Anne-Marie has just been getting started. The evening has just been a taste of what the fans can expect from the debut album and it’s definitely a good sign of things to come!

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Setlist: Karate / Gemini / Stole / Breathing Fire / Boy / Gentlemen / Should’ve Been Me / I Used To Love You Encore: Peak / Rumour Mill / Do It Right

One Response to “Anne-Marie + D/C at Village Underground, Shoreditch, London, UK – 1st February 2016”

  1. wayne Says:

    I was there Great gig and may I say Great review reflecting the atmosphere and excitement from the evening its so nice to read a review thats honest and not one thats just wrote to get a reaction Anne-maries gig was amazing her group sounded fantastic we all went home with a smile on our faces and a wanting for more such a tallented singer/ songwriter we are eagerly awaiting her album release 10/10

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