The queue around the block outside of the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire was a clear indication that London’s Indie Queen, Kate Nash and her European Homecoming show was going to rock. Three support bands – The Tuts, Vulkano and The Heartbreaks – got the crowd warmed up for The Untitled Magazine’s Music Issue star.
A firm fixture on the front row at New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, the platinum-selling singer songwriter and British style icon pulled in a serious crowd of die-hard fans and a loyal assembly of fashion heavy hitters with representatives from the British Fashion Council, Vogue, Temperley, Vivienne Westwood, NBC’s Today Show and The Untitled Magazine forming part of the jam-packed house.
Styled by one of the magazine’s fashion contributors, Rebekah Roy, Kate first appeared on stage in a bespoke dress made for her by Bora Aksu, teamed with a pair of Underground creepers, fishnets and a sparkling head piece – made by her long-time hair and make-up artist, Evan Huang. Alone on stage, Kate sang ‘Lullaby For An Insomniac’ a capella from her new record ’Girl Talk’, then dashed off. After a video montage of Kate lip-syncing to Lesley Gore’s rendition of ‘You Don’t Own Me,’ her all-girl band of Emma Hughes (bass), Fern Ford (drums) and Linda Buratto (guitar) took to the stage with Kate following in a rainbow-coloured, layered tulle tutu dress by Bas Kosters, accessorised by alternating her bass or her electric guitar, depending on the song.
The audience was whipped into a frenzy for Kate Nash classics like ‘Foundations’ and ‘Mouthwash’ and new songs, ‘OMYGOD!’ and ‘Fri-End?’ – the latter’s new video launched the day before to astounding acclaim. For ‘UNDER-ESTIMATE THE GIRL’, Kate changed into a monochrome knit dress by recent Textile Designer of the Year winner, Alice Palmer. After a full on stage invasion by fans, Kate jumped into the audience for a little crowd surfing, then it was back into Bora Aksu for the final song, which saw Kate go back to where she started and take a seat behind the piano for ‘Merry Happy’. Canons on either side of the stage shot huge pieces of red confetti (the same colour as Kate’s dress) into the audience. The rainstorm of giant red polka dots made for an exquisite finale.
Next stop was the after party where the girls from Fake Club were on the decks, spinning tunes for Kate, her parents, her sisters, her friends, her fans and the fashion pack to dance the night away.
Kate wraps up her UK tour on the 19th of October and then heads to North America to play 19 gigs throughout the US and Canada.
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KATE NASH NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
10/29 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI *
10/30 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN*
11/01 – Metro – Chicago, IL **
11/02 – Deluxe – Indianapolis, IN **
11/03 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH*
11/05 – Phoenix Theatre – Toronto, ON *
11/07 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA*
11/08 – House of Blues – Boston, MA*
11/09 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY *
11/11 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC *
11/12 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC*
11/13 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA *
11/15 – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs – Houston, TX*
11/16 – Mohawk – Austin, TX *
11/17 – Trees – Dallas, TX *
11/19 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ *
11/20 – Porter’s Pub – San Diego, CA***
11/22 – Fillmore – San Francisco, CA***
11/23 – Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA***
* La Sera **La Sera & Skating Polly ***Emmy The Great & Aquadolls
You can also catch Kate on the silver screen in late November, where she stars in British comedy, Powder Room.
Watch Kate’s new sixties-inspired video for ‘Fri-End?’ on VEVO:
By Courtney Blackman
Photos by Christopher Dadey