Live Review: The Weeknd In London
Abel Tesfaye, better known by his stage name The Weeknd, returned to the UK for a range of intimate performances this month; in London he had four sold out shows at the Electric Ballroom in Camden. The singer announced during his performance that this was the last string of intimate shows he wanted to do for his fans before beginning to perform within arenas…
The artist ran late, gracing the stage at 9.30pm; however he still managed to have the crowd roaring with excitement, singing along to his opening song ‘Enemy’. The stage was lit with blue lights to reflect the calm mood of his music.
It was great to see how The Weeknd’s music appealed to such a wide range audience; his PBR&B style pleasantly intoxicated us all. He went on to perform his features on ‘Remember Me’ and ‘One Of Those Nights’, followed by his song featuring Drake, ‘The Zone’.
When he spoke to the crowd in-between preforming, I closed my eyes and it was incredible how it sounded like Michael Jackson was speaking on that stage; his voice as smooth and soft as the late pop legend. His vocals are quite similar to Jackson’s, especially when ‘Valerie’ was performed; the vocal range made this quite evident.
The live band was very talented; the way they would flow onto the next song’s instrumental from the previous to create a natural transition throughout the show made it feel like a journey.
The Weeknd is a very energetic performer, even though his music may seem mellower in comparison. He had the crowd singing passionately to ‘The Birds (Part 1)’ and ‘Wicked Games’, which was the highlight of the night before he thanked his band and the crowd, walking off stage.
With the crowd begging for an encore, the band began to play to an instrumental to build up the hype, before the singer came back on stage to perform ‘Montreal’ and ‘Outside’.
I am excited for The Weeknd’s debut album, which will follow up from his collection of his three mixtapes, the certified Gold 'Trilogy'. Judging by his success so far and the announcement of his forthcoming debut ‘Kiss Land’, it looks like it’s just the beginning for the Canadian star.
Words: Krishma Kudhail (@Krishy91)