Rebellious, hype, ‘turnt up’, surreal, iconic.
The words I’ve chosen to describe the gig from the infamous sister trio at the O2 Brixton Academy.
What a show. Everything before HAIM felt like a catharsis of excitement, eagerness and anticipation. DJ Jen Long started the night off tremendously playing songs spanning the most recent youthful chart-toppers to soaring back 20 + years on the pandemonium of musical hits ranging from; R.Kelly’s Ignition Remix, Lorde’s Royals, Taylor Swift’s ’22′ and ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’ to Mark Morrison’s Return Of The Mac to Kanye West’s Black Skinhead, not forgetting Beyoncé’s lovey dovey duo of: Drunk In Love/Crazy In Love and even the 1999 garage hit Craig David’s Re-Rewind just for good measure. On paper the list of songs I’ve mentioned here are sure to divide crowds but was a pleaser for us.
Fast forwarding past Jen Long were a group by the name of Jungle:
They performed for a fair good 45 minutes or so with a distinctive sound not really following anything of the norm, I found their harmonies too be reminiscent of Jai Paul which is quite striking as Jai Paul’s voice is fairly defining.
After Jungle’s set, Jen Long came out and provided us with another vibrant set of hits going retro and keeping the crowd pleased whilst eagerness for the sassy trio grew more rampant as the night passed on.
Then bam, Falling begins, the opener for the night. Flashing lights, swarming of bodies, the crowd roars for more, a wonderful experience to be apart it was that’s for all. The pacing throughout was consistent; altered versions of songs to their studio counterparts made it the extra mile more exciting, the heavy Fleetwood Mac cover, Danielle’s commanding voice of power plus Alana’s excitement. Furthermore including sassy talk by none other than the lovable bass-faced Este including a story about an Ex lover and iPhone autocorrect in conjunction with booty shaking requests when performing the abrasive brass driven track ‘My Song 5′ as well as her defiance climbing up on a set of speakers all heighten the night for a memorable one for the ages.
Closing the night with an encore of their cover to Beyoncé’s XO, The Wire and Let Me Go they were destined to leave their mark throughout the venue.
I was immensely sad the night was over.
HAIM are a force to reckoned with and if you’re not getting with the times, you’re bound to be within the next months as they have a plethora of festival performances lined up throughout the duration of the year.
Here’s additional photos which can be viewed here of the set courtesy of The Upcoming:
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To keep the HAIM love rollin’ here’s a remix I did of ‘My Song 5′.