Rory Barnes catches the American Teen living the American Dream
Opening the night was Liv Dawson. The English Electro Pop Singer Songwriter strutted her stuff around the stage, owning every second. She has already sold out a headline show at London’s Omeara and is singed to Disclosure’s label Method Records. She also has collaborated with Olly Alexander from Years and Years, with her hit ‘Open Your Eyes’ being written by him. IF you are a fan of Ellie Goulding, or BBC’s Sound of 2018 Sigrid – Liv Dawson is the one for you.
Two years on from featuring on a Kylie Jenner snapchat story, Khalid played to 2,500 people at a sold out O2 Academy in Glasgow, where they sang every single word back to him.
The performance highlighted that despite being an ‘American Teen’ (excuse the terrible pun) he can put on one hell of a performance. His debut album, which has sold over 1 million copies, that has also featured in the top 10 in many countries, even reaching number 2 in the Billboard Top 200, has so many singles that show his range of talent, and that they all flow with one another.
Khalid, along with his highly successful album, has now toured with Lorde, been nominated for 5 Grammys and being included in BBC’s Sound of 2018, showed the Glasgow crowd that it wasn’t all luck.
His soulful R’n’B vocals, as well as his dancing, oh my god his incredible dancing was only a few highlights of this final date for his European tour. Of course, the crowd could not let Khalid leave without an encore, leaving his biggest track to last, ‘Young, Dumb and Broke’ the poppy, upbeat and powerful song left the crowd wanting more.
Words and photos by Rory Barnes
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