Emilie Autumn - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

Though an utterly dismal, rain-soaked Friday may have put a slight dampener on proceedings, the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Asylum provided a good stage for fans to settle into what would become another entertaining and extravagant evening from Emilie Autumn and company.

Emilie’s F.L.A.G. tour has been traveling the globe for some time now, and given the sheer amount of physical work and attention to detail which would appear to go into each and every gig, it’s indeed impressive that they’ve managed to squeeze out so much sweat, blood and tears and still have it seem as fresh as ever, even though the formula has by large remained the same.

As I wrote last year, upon seeing them perform at The Electric Ballroom, Emilie Autumn and the Bloody Crumpets go beyond just performing your fave songs live; their show is an experience which is almost overwhelming: from the gang's attire through to the energetically choreographed fight sequences and the emotional weight of Emilie’s solo performances. As usual, the audience plays a large part in some of the stage ceremonies, though only after the photographers are out of the pit, meaning I can’t leave any visual evidence of saucy shenanigans. I guess these initial shots will just have to do. Until next year’s big West End outing...


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