Review by Hayley Clark with Photography by Katja Ogrin

The past 18 months can only be described as a whirlwind for songstress Mabel. Her phenomenal rise through the UK charts has seen her perform on some of the hottest dance tracks over the past two years winning fans all over the globe, as well as supporting Harry Styles on his tour.

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Tonight she rode into Birmingham for her biggest headline tour to date and boy, she did not disappoint. The sold out teenage crowd went wild in the ornate Institute main room.

Having been treated to a set from Ruel earlier in the night and the in-house DJ spinning the latest chart hits to warm the crowd up, they hit fever pitch early.

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It’s no surprise Mabel is as talented as she is, coming from a strong musical parentage of Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack’s Cameron McVey, the London based singer wowed the crowd from the start appearing in a baby blue ensemble of tracksuit bottoms and a sheer marabou trimmed top covering a white crop the crowd jumped up and down as she launched into ‘One Shot’.

As Mabel danced around the stage (a little less energetic than usual), it looked as if she was slightly under the weather but it didn’t stop her from putting in a powerful performance. Leaving the audience elated with each track the infectious beats of ‘Know Me Better’, ‘Cigarette’ and ‘Bad behaviour’ had them jumping around singing along word for word as they watched their fashionable idol in awe.

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Mabel

Slowing down for a highlight of the night, a cover of Ne-Yo’s ‘So Sick’ enchanted the audience with her soulful voice and vocal range before bringing the party back with summer hit ‘Ring Ring’.

Mabel’s sassiness engulfed the young crowd as the evening of hits came to an end, playfully interacting with them and thanking them for coming the cheers and screams flew off the high decibel measures in her warm up performance before the Jingle Bell Ball at the weekend.

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Ending where her journey started ‘Fine Line’ and ‘Finders Keepers’ wowed her audience as the 22 year old blew the roof off, with bright lighting and a simple backdrop of Mabel’s name, there was no need for fancy graphics when her voice is the only visual the fans need, taking them on a fun filled evening of chart topping hits before they left for their late night Uber rides home.

Mabel

Mabel

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