Teen superstar and darling of the music industry, Lorde, made her way to the Mann Center on Friday, September 5th. This marked the second time Lorde has performed in Philly this year but the first time at the Mann (perhaps our favorite venue in Philly).
Despite the fact that she tackles many of the same teen angst topics in her lyrics, the New Zealand born songstress is antithetical to her contemporaries. Her hauntingly beautiful voice isn’t wasted on bubblegum pop. Everything about her appears to be authentic. This peg has made her own hole, and her fans worldwide love her for it. It’s no wonder that she is the youngest solo artist to achieve a US number-one single (for ‘Royals’) since the late 1980’s.
We were thrilled to see her perform live for the first time and even more excited it was at the Mann Center. The show kicked off around 730pm with opening act Majical Cloudz (who sadly we missed due to an earlier engagement).
It was intermission when we arrived. Photographers were only allowed to shoot from the soundboard so we got set up and waited for her performance to begin. Around 915pm, the lights dimmed, the crowd roared and the show began. Lorde took the stage, opening with ‘Glory and Gore’. Despite that fact that she has headlined some major festivals over the past year, Lorde seemed astounded by the size of the crowd on hand, telling the audience that it was “crazy how many people are here”.
Although her songs and overall air are somewhat dark in nature, the show was not at all somber. Backed by a large digital video screen (that often showed images of Lorde) and lighting that was tailored perfectly to fit the mood of each song, Lorde worked the stage, and the eager crowd, like a seasoned pro. She is a superstar who rebuffs the idea of superstardom (which is impressive for anyone, let alone a 17 year old).
Her 15 song set lasted just over an hour and included covers of both Bon Iver and Kayne West. She saved her biggest hits for last, ending with ‘Royals’, ‘Team’, and ‘A World Alone’. Lorde is currently working on a new album which means her next tour should feature a longer performance as her catalog will have grown substantially larger. She has already declared that it will be vastly different than her debut album, ‘Pure Heroine’.
[Photo credit: D. Jacob Miller Photography]
You can check out the full set list and an expanded photo gallery below (click images to enlarge):
Glory and Gore
White Teeth Teens
Flashing Lights (Kanye West cover)
Heavenly Father (Bon Iver cover)
A World Alone