Danish MØ gave an exuberant and wonderfully life-affirming performance at Manchester venue The Ritz. I attended the gig on my own and found a comfortable spot in the fringing part of the crowd consisting mainly of parents and other over-25s.
From the moment front woman Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen entered the stage wearing a pair of outrageous, black PVC trousers and a bubblegum pink Adidas top, she wowed the crowd, performing with what I can best describe as a Jagger-esque energy throughout the entire show.
Apart from Karen Marie, her guitarist, DJ, and especially her stellar percussionist delivered MØ’s hit tunes to perfection; the set started off with bangers such as ‘Nights With You’ and ‘Kamikaze’, getting the crowd warmed up for tunes from her newest album When I Was Young. I became a fan of MØ listening to her earlier album No Mythologies To Follow, and I was delighted as many of her older songs were played, my night peaking as ‘Don’t Leave’ was performed, making the entire crowd sway in rhythmic symbiosis.
Fittingly, the last song on the set list was ‘Final Song’, finishing off with a bang. During the one hour and fifteen minute concert, Karen Marie’s powerful vocals never faulted in spite of her vigorous dance moves on stage, perfectly delivering her light-hearted musical messages of love for others, for life, and for the self.
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