2009 is the year of Little Boots, or Victoria Hesketh to her mum. She has certainly found fame from Jools Holland to sell out tour of the UK and Ireland. Her debut show on these shores did not do her status any harm and perhaps only disappointed in its shortness. As Little Boots herself announced towards the end of the hour set ‘I really don’t have any other songs’. That was a little disingenuous on her part as, although she played most of the tracks from Hands, she did leave off the powerful, if simplistic title track and she could have added a solid rendition of Freddie Mercury’s -Love Kills’. But these were trifling oversights. Bounding with energy and really enjoying dancing around (even in chunky high heels!) she gave a full and entertaining performance.
A solid support slot by the Northern Ireland duo Nakatomi Towers certainly enlivened this teenage crowd. Little Boots herself made an understated entrance with a stripped down version of -Ghost’ – just her and a piano. The simple delivery of this track really helped to highlight the quality of her songwriting. However, when the band (of two) emerged and joined her for a more lively -New In Town’ her vocal was drowned out by the keyboard. This was soon rectified, but had marred one of her stronger singles. Likewise during the short set she did lose the crowd mid set for -Heart’s Collide’ but majestically won them back with -Earthquake’ and straight into -Meddle’.
Her hero Phil Oakley did not guest on -Symmetry’ but that did not detract from the live rendition, for which she utilised an 80’s inspired keytar (think Europe’s -Cherokee’). But then tonight was all about synth pop, with gizmos and gadgets to make Gary Numan green with envy. She made good use of these and certainly ensured her Tenori-on and other technical wonders were the focus of centre stage.
But ultimately as a pop princess she knows her crowd and gives them what they want. Asking if anyone was into the ubiquitous vampire film series Twilight prompted a massive cheers and performed a song inspired by it called -Echo’ which was more in the vein of Beverly Craven than her refreshing debut synth pop album, but it didn’t disappoint the loyal crowd. The climax of the popular -Stuck On Repeat’ brought to a close a power packed, fast paced set.
Overall a neatly packaged sixty minute bundle of energy gave this crowd an exciting evening’s unadulterated fun from a potential pop maestro.
Photos by Sara Devine.