Some had given up and where contentedly sitting at the back of »Heaven’s« huge industrial-looking main room. Luckily I had remembered the »first rule« of attending sold-out gigs and dutifully hadn’t washed in just under two weeks, or changed my underpants for quite a while. Needless to say I had ample room for dancing and had a great view of the show.
And what a show! Grimes has come along dramatically since she last played in the UK almost a whole year ago when she appeared almost meek and not wholly in control of the machines at her disposal. Tonight though she is the epitome of a professional stage performer, owning the stage and making it her bitch while teasing the crowd with hit after hit. The drummer (who didn’t actually seem to be physically playing the drums), the pole dancing, accompanied with the weird and trippy visuals, beach balls, and bubble machines were all utilised to excellent effect to create a wildly boisterous and euphoric mood.
But what about the music you ask with a disparaging sneer in my direction? Well, tracks such as Genesis, Oblivion and Circumambient raised the energy levels of the room until it felt almost like a rave from the heydays of 1992. My vintage rave dancing which included the underrated genius of ›Big fish, little fish, cardboard box‹ proved to be a particularly huge hit with the lovely ladies. Her live sound is a lot louder, harsher and more dance-orientated than on record which made for a truly electrifying show.
There had been a real sense of excitement and anticipation building in »Heaven« since we first stepped through the door. Grimes’ reputation has risen dramatically between the release of Halfaxa and Visions which came out earlier this year. And people seemed to have made a real effort for the show with the audience giving a particularly fashionable representation of London’s outcasts and dispossessed which suited the music perfectly coming from pop music’s far off edges as it does.