I’m a bit behind, this gig actually happened last week, and I have since been to two other gigs, which you will hear about in due time.
So, let’s start at the beginning. Or at least, pick up from where we left off.
For those of you that don’t know who Lindsey Stirling is, I really recommend that you check her out. She first reached the public eye when she took part in America’s Got Talent *audible gagging sound*. I know, I know, eugh. But, she didn’t win, and has gone on to make AND SELL wonderful music, largely without a label, which – in my books- is an achievement. (NB She’s now has the same manager as Lady GaGa, Troy Carter. Put simply, she plays the violin (her own compositions, as well as covers) while dancing in a way that seems almost impossible. With some heavy Drum & Bass thrown in for good measure.
Lindsey has performed a couple of times in and around the UK, I just seem to have missed her every time. I was really excited about seeing Lindsey, not only because I love her music and her style, I also knew it was going to be an amazing spectacle to watch.
And I was right. There was a fantastic light show, dry-ice (which seems almost compulsory these days) along with two exquisite backing dancers (who often took the limelight off Lindsey, which is not an easy feat). Though this, paired with Lindsey incessant moving, made it incredibly difficult to take any pictures that weren’t saturated in purple or blurred. But, there are a couple of good ones there.
What was nice about the whole show is that it had the potential to become pretentious. Ok, maybe ‘crazy dancing violinist’ doesn’t tick many boxes at the elite entertainment club, there was always the danger of it becoming too refined for it’s fans. This was avoided, however, by Lindsey cracking jokes between songs, and making light of the whole show. She did a great on-stage costume change, in which she was dressed by her dancers in a lime green tracksuit, while trying to explain to us what was happening – apparently a reinterpretation of a Lady GaGa show. This worked well to break down the barrier between audience and performer. The lime green outfit was used in her next song, where the lights were ultra-violet, and only her body and the electric violin could be seen, and effect that couldn’t be capture on camera. Well, not mine anyway.