It’s Monday the 1st of October and I am in the presence of Ella O’Connor AKA Lorde.
She’s here to embellish ‘Melodrama’ on the walls of Glasgow’s O2 Academy, with help from Norwegian pop-stress, Anna of the North.
If line-ups could win Grammy’s, tonight’s bill would be in the running. Sold out in minutes, I am preparing for a night of glistening synths, blissful vocals and ultimate girl power.
Opening with Oslo, Anna of the North transports us to a dreamlike graceland – somewhere we can constantly lay warmly on cloud nine. Her music speaks simplicity yet her voice exemplifies different colours onto glowing faces, shades of compassion, happiness, growth and confidence travel round silhouettes and into our hearts.
Performing tracks from debut album Lovers, her talent is becoming more and more appreciated as the audience sway with every beat. Off record however, it’s the tunes that continue to drive her music across waters (Us, The Dreamer and Sway) that are really echoed back as heads turn to welcome her angelic voice.
Repping a ‘GRLPWR’ jumper, Anna flaunts her personal version of girl power through bold dance moves and uplifting lyrics – inspiring all of us to do the same. With the potential of becoming the next Lorde, it’s fitting that Anna of the North should be supporting the New Zealand pop goddess and as her set comes to a close, dismal moments are replaced with remnants of the singer’s name and lyrics. Continuously whispered around the room, we remain on cloud nine.
Moments later, Lorde struts onto stage, reinforcing her magical presence as glorious synths beam through every speaker. I am in love. Her beauty is kind, warm, golden and I don’t want to leave it behind.
“The last time I was here it was for Radio 1’s Big Weekend and I met Luke Pritchard from The Kooks who was my childhood crush, the band asked me ‘why are your eyes fluttering?” Ella blushes as hundreds of girls also swoon over The Kooks singer.
At 20 years old, Lorde holds many awards to her name, yet, she isn’t fazed by any of this ‘fame’ and still relates to every single 20 year old woman that worships her music.
“This is a song about my innerself, I’ve never written a song like this before, as a singer or a song-writer” she explains, “it’s about a memory of crying in the back of the taxi because someone has told you that they don’t want to be close to you any more because you are ‘too much for them’. It’s such a specific feeling; it’s like silence is bouncing off the walls for you and you couldn’t feel any more lonely.”
We’ve all been there – or will be in due time. Whether it’s first handedly sobbing your eyes out or acting as a comfort blanket for the person who was; “I wrote about this feeling because it was really transformative and it taught me a lot about myself, because when you’re alone, you learn how to do things yourself. It is so powerful when you realise that you are there for you and you respect and love yourself.”
In one minute, Lorde has stated what anyone going through a break-up – or simply feeling alone – needs to hear. She empowers an entire audience with one voice and that is why 2,500 fans have gathered in O2 Academy tonight. Without knowing it, we needed Lorde. We needed to hear the remains of Pure Heroine whilst screaming over synth-pop glories in Melodrama.
It is a night for idolising every breath taken, a moment to praise each other through bright lights and signify our love for living. The audience embodies a form of unity; her voice like a form of hypnotherapy, both heavenly and destructive.
I left under the influence of Lorde, and I hope the hourglass never runs out.