Review: The Weeknd Live In London
Abel Tesfaye, more famously known as The Weeknd, returned to the UK for his fall tour, ‘Kiss Land’, for the first time in the O2 Arena for his one night sold-out show. This show was the last date of his tour. He told the audience: “We have not done one bad show at all!” It was set to be a memorable night. Zane Lowe and Banks were the opening acts for the show, and they did a great job getting everyone hyped for the night.
The stage set up resembled the Japanese theme of his ‘Kiss Land’ album with loads of bright bold coloured traditional Japanese spoken videos and advertisements shown throughout the show on the screens, which the live band was surrounded around.
The show kicked off with ‘Adaptation’; where Abel, dressed in all black, appeared on stage behind a gloomy hung curtain, which got pulled down as he continued to perform ‘Love In The Sky’. He then went on to perform his earlier material including ‘What You Need’, which the band, alongside his smooth vocals, sounded intoxicating and sexual.
This steamy theme continued as he performed ‘Kiss Land’ and the screens projected raw lesbian Japanese porn (!) to accompany his explicit lyrics.
While Abel mixed his current material with his previous, the crowd sang along to every word; when he pointed the microphone to the crowd, they could have performed every song without his help.
He was overwhelmed by the atmosphere, admitting: “I never makes songs without thinking what the UK would think.”
In light of this he stated ‘Wanderlust’ was made for the UK and then he went on to perform this, which had the crowd dancing along to the upbeat 80s track, resembling Michael Jackson's vibe and pleasantly mellow vocals. Abel is a very energetic performer, never staying in one position on stage.
The show ended with an intimate moment with Abel and his fans as he asked for the lights to be turned off and for everyone to light up the arena with their phones and lighters. Before ending the show with ‘Wicked Games’, he promised: “I will return to the UK every fall tour every year; I have plenty more music coming for you... the UK is very important to me.”
The Weeknd will be returning to the O2 Arena in March as Drake's supporting act.
Words: Krishma Kudhail (@Krishy91)
Online Edit: @MazHalima