Short and sweet is the best way to describe both Charli XCX and the show she put on at Glasgow’s O2 ABC2 last night. After London girl Yadi and Glasgow’s own Miaoux Miaoux had warmed up the crowd, tiny-but-fierce Charli burst on to the stage, dressed in every grunge queen’s current wardrobe staples – a long-sleeved crop top and high waisted skirt – plus Spice Girls style Buffalo boots. Nineties dressing at its finest.
With her wild hair and on-trend attire, you immediately get the impression that Charli knows her audience – because she is her audience. Teens and early twenty-somethings have been eating up the 20-year-old singer ever since the track she penned and featured on with Swedish electro duo Icona Pop, I Love It, featured on the soundtrack of Girls, which Charli herself says is “one of my favourite TV shows ever, because it’s so accurate and relatable.”
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Having released her debut album True Romance on Monday, we were treated to the entire tracklist, with grimey You (Ha Ha Ha) and current single What I Like telling crowd pleasers. Charli has often been compared to Marina Diamandis of Marina and the Diamonds, who she says “is like a big sister”, but baby sis is a lot more eighties-inspired, with the ability to seamlessly switch from impressive Gwen Stefani-esque vocals to something of a Blu Cantrell/M.I.A rap hybrid.
As expected, Charli ended the evening on a high, with the aforementioned I Love It. Her set may have lasted just thirty minutes, but Charli happily posed for photos with fans after the show, leaving Glasgow hungry for more of this intriguing nineties bitch.
True Romance is out now. Look out for our interview with Charli in the June issue of Scotcampus!