Few artists can effortlessly captivate an audience for the duration of a 24-song setlist over the course of almost two hours, but at her sold out show in London, Carly Rae Jepsen did just that and more. Ditching the need for outfit changes and a flashy set, Jepsen delivered the concert of a lifetime at the O2 Academy Brixton where it was just about the music.
Launching her epic setlist with No Drug Like Me, an ’80’s inspired power ballad from her latest album Dedication, Jepsen shows her audience that she is so much more than 2012’s Call Me Maybe. Funnily enough, the song which threw her into the limelight and became the second top selling song of 2012 in America, is sandwiched into the setlist as the sixth song performed by Jepsen. But that’s exactly where it belongs, as although the track maintains its status as a legendary pop song almost a decade after its initial release, the highlights of the evening are not the radio hits that once gave the singer a platform.
Throughout a venue filled with almost 5,000 people, Jepsen’s warm and bubbly personality carry a feeling of intimacy throughout the crowd. The show was initially supposed to take place at the Roundhouse, but after phenomenal demand for tickets, it was rescheduled to the larger venue in Brixton. By the time Jepsen performs her third track of the night, fan favourite Run Away With Me, it’s clear why tickets were so sought after in the first place.
It’s rare to see an audience become so alive during a song, but that’s the impact Jepsen’s music has on the crowd. Jepsen herself bounces around the stage with endless energy whilst maintaining flawless vocals and carries the audience’s liveliness with her during the entire performance. It appears that not a single person is standing still, as even those in seated areas are up on their feet belting the lyrics at the top of their lungs.
Then the b-sides arrive. After smoothly knocking through a cluster of hits, Jepsen begins to sing Fever, a track it seems no one was expecting to hear and a song that didn’t make the cut for her Emotion album either. This song, followed by Cry and eventually Store too, give the crowd everything they want and more. Jepsen seems to know what her fans want and gives it to them, as each track flows through to the next with not a single dud to be heard. Jepsen’s latest release, Let’s Be Friends, hasn’t exactly been met with the same critical acclaim as a lot of her other tracks but even this song sets the crowd alight with energy.
Jepsen closes the show with an iconic encore of Real Love, Let’s Get Lost and the ultimate bop Cut to the Feeling. The latter’s final chorus sees confetti exploding over the crowd and as the lights turn on and the audience begins to clear, it feels as though Jepsen has solidified herself as one of pop culture’s finest performers. This is the concert everyone dreams of going to and deserves to attend at least once in their lifetime.
Carly Rae Jepsen’s latest album, Dedication, is out now.
The complete setlist for Carly Rae Jepsen’s February 8th, 2020 show at O2 Academy Brixton:
- No Drug Like Me
- Run Away With Me
- Happy Not Knowing
- Call Me Maybe
- Now That I Found You
- Gimmie Love
- Feels Right
- Want You in My Room
- Too Much
- When I Needed You
- I Really Like You
- Let’s Be Friends
- Everything He Needs
- All That
- Boy Problems
- Party for One
- Real Love
- Let’s Get Lost
- Cut to the Feeling
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