Demi Lovato - Koko, London
When Disney superstar Demi Lovato announced a 'one off' show in the UK, she frustrated many fans due to the size of venue. Rather than perform at the O2 (which I’m sure she’d been able to draw a large crowd for) or a couple of nights in Hammersmith, the powers that be plonked her on the stage at Koko, a venue the singer could easily have filled a few times over. Though many missed out, a thousand odd lucky ticket holders got to sample their idol up close, viewing a set showcasing several songs from Demi’s most recent album alongside a few older faves.
Demi is one of the best pop collections of recent years, with a great selection of up-tempo tracks, dance anthems and ballads. Live renditions of songs like ‘Heart Attack’, the pounding ‘Neon Lights’ and ‘Fire Starter’ (not that one!) had the fans going crazy. They were more subdued - but just as attentive - for the ballads on display, including an extremely sumptuous version of ‘Nightingale’, one of the highlights of the night.
No Demi show would be complete without an airing of two of her biggest tunes and Lovato lovers weren’t short changed as both ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Skyscraper’ made an appearance. There was a very young girl in the audience dressed up as a Disney princess who was brought to the stage to help out with the singer’s version of the song from the Frozen soundtrack but she proved a bit too shy to participate.
It’s obvious ‘Skyscraper’ is a song that means a lot to the vocalist, so I’m sure she was overwhelmed by the audience’s reaction, even through there were a lot of bum notes from the crowd when it got to the high bit near the end! ‘Skyscraper’ and the track that followed – ‘Give Your Heart A Break’ were a perfect way to end a a great gig - a show that really showcased how stunning the singer’s vocals are, even though she complained of a dodgy voice earlier in the set.
Fans who missed the Koko show (and her short G.A.Y set the previous evening) will have the opportunity to see Demi supporting Enrique Iglesias on his stadium tour later in the year. Enrique may be a ‘Hero’ to many but I’m sure there’ll be plenty in the house just to watch Miss Lovato.