August 12, 2022

Sophie Ellis-Bextor on the London Palladium | Reside overview

Bev Lung

Shot by Virginie Viche

Within the peak of the 2020 lockdown, pop singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her household entertained 1000’s with weekly Instagram exhibits that reworked their kitchen right into a makeshift disco. Its unprecedented success has led to charity danceathons, a compilation album, a weekly BBC playlist and now a nationwide tour that concluded final evening on the London Palladium. A disco is wherever with catchy music you possibly can dance to; the Palladium could also be barely larger than a kitchen nevertheless it was the right setting for feel-good tune and dance.  

Respiration new life into previous hits (some already twenty years previous), the London-born performer wasted no time making an entrance, arriving on an enormous plastic horse to sing Cher’s Take Me House. Effortlessly dancing throughout the stage, there was definitely a way of ease and feeling proper at residence. There was additionally an admirable dedication to the theme – each within the staging, which included an enormous, sparkly disco ball and flashing, colored lights, and likewise within the tune decisions. From Dancing Queen to Disco Inferno, covers had been chosen over her personal materials. The power throughout traditional floor-fillers like Woman (Hear Me Tonight), Sing It Again and Madonna’s Like a Prayer had been solely matched by Ellis-Bextor’s personal collaboration Groovejet (If It Ain’t Love) and possibly her most famed hit, Homicide on the Dancefloor. 

The night was not all upbeat and upstanding: there have been some surprisingly sombre moments that had been simply as fascinating. A mid-show phase included stripped-back love tune Younger Blood, penned concerning the relationship between her mother and father, which allowed the singer to remind of her distinct, typically highly effective vocals. The household affair continued most notably with the singer’s husband bassist Richard Jones main the band, in addition to a touching finale accompanied by a few of their youngsters; for a second it actually felt just like the Jones/Ellis-Bextor residence.

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There was some consideration to element that added quirky aptitude: the stage crew dressed as superheroes, a makeshift cocktail bar throughout the present and a “spin the wheel” interactive tune choice that even led to an on-stage marriage proposal. Though this randomness additionally led to a couple barely out-of-place tracks, it didn’t distract from a totally healthful and entertaining efficiency. 

Comfortably dancing (fortunately not within the choreographed sense), the down-to-earth singer – and crowd – by no means actually stopped shifting. “It’s simply as effectively I discover myself in the identical temper as you”, she addressed the keen viewers. Having reworked kitchens nationwide into dancefloors, the unapologetically glitter-filled occasion translated triumphantly onto the Palladium stage. There was no new report to plug or promote; it was merely a enjoyable reminder of togetherness and the magic of a great ol’ boogie.

Bev Lung
Images: Virginie Viche

For additional info and future occasions go to Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s web site right here.

Watch the video for the only Homicide on the Dancefloor right here: