Lindsey Stirling - One Mayfair, London
Ticket holders for "YouTube sensation" Lindsey Stirling's forthcoming European dates are in for a real treat when the violinist takes to the road from October onwards, including November gigs in London and Manchester. I've been lucky enough to previously view a couple of Lindsey's shows, at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire last year and Perez Hilton's "One Night In Austin" party at SXSW back in March and can honestly say I don't think I've seen a more exhilarating performer in years. So when I had the opportunity to attendant an intimate showcase for industry types and lucky fans I jumped at the chance.
With more than five million subscribers on YouTube and a recent number two album on the US Billboard charts, it's safe to say Miss Stirling is doing well for herself. That being said, she's no overnight sensation, having built up her large fan base over the last few years, especially since her appearance on America's Got Talent in 2010, where her Hip Hop/DubStep violin-led instrumentals introduced her to a host of followers.
She may not have won the competition but it seems to have been a great launch pad for Lindsey as her YouTube channel has gone from strength to strength since then, with more and more subscribers tuning in for her dance heavy performances of her own material like 'Spontaneous Me' and 'Electric Daisy Violin' and quirky covers - like her 'Zelda Medley' and the 'Halo' theme.
The violinist's second album Shatter Me was released in the UK back in June, with her brief One Mayfair set showcasing six songs from the collection alongside fan favourite 'Crystallize'. The intimate London performance obviously didn't have the same large scale production of her recent US tour, so there were no dancers or dynamic light settings on display but it was still a huge visual treat as Lindsey almost danced her self dizzy, covering every inch of the stage, with leaps, swoops and spins the order of the day!
As the set wound down the final song of the night and the title track of the album was introduced, with Lindsey stating that it was her most personal and meaningful song that she'd ever written as it concerns self image issues, something that affected the violinist until she realised 'you couldn't love anyone else until you began to love yourself'. It was a touching moment, especially as I could see Miss S beginning to well up slightly while she was describing the song and the feelings that went with it.
The tracks performance was a perfect way to the end the night but it wasn't my set highlight, as that came a few songs earlier in the shape of 'Roundtable Rival'. It's just a full on dance track and phenomenal live and you could see pretty much everyone in the room getting into it. Here's hoping it makes the set list in November as it's guaranteed to be a showstopper!