Robyn - Koko London / Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
Swedish Pop Pixie Robyn returned to the London stage, moving up another level venue wise, playing to a sold out crowd at Camden's Koko.
The crowd were warmed up with a DJ set from transvestite ligger Jodie Harsh who's idea of DJ'ing to a Robyn crowd seemed to consist of playing Robyn tracks for half his set and lamely stuttering records, usually hitting the "Make it sound really tinny" button straight after!
The set did seem to have the desired effect on Robyn's audience though as they were raring to go when she took to the stage.
Robyn's set still pulled heavily from her monster selling UK debut album with "Konichiwa bitches", "Bum like you" and forthcoming single "Who's that girl" (which saw Robyn pounding away on her electric drum kit) some of the best songs on offer.
Previous single "Be mine" went down a storm with the audience, joining in with every word, probably already hoarse due to the evening beginning to resemble a Congregational sing along!
A couple of lesser known tracks were added to the mix next with "Keep this fire burning" from Robyn's third Swedish album "Don't stop the music" and "Dream on" the song she recorded with Christian Falk giving the die hard fans a treat.
The roof was then raised when "Heartbeat", Robyn's biggest hit to date finally kicked in.
The song had a new live mix with Robyn's partner in crime - "Mr" Kleerup slowly building the song up to a "Four to the floor" stomper closing the set nicely.
Naturally the evening didn't end there as Robyn returned for the inevitable encore.
The audience were treated to some vintage Robyn as "Show me love" kicked off a three song encore followed by Prince cover "Jack U off".
When I was in the photo pit for the first three songs of the evening I was able to sneak a peak at the set list.
I was eagerly awaiting the next song listed as it was meant to be Robyn's take on "Message in a bottle" by the Police.
Unfortunatly the song must have been working undercover for the evening as it was neither seen or heard.
There was consolation though in the always magical stripped down version of "Be mine" finishing the evening nicely.
The houselights went up and the audience started to leave.I was slowly making my way towards the exit when Robyn popped back on stage.
It was obvious she was loving the evening and wanted to continue so the remaining audience were treated to an acoustic "Heartbeat" culminating in Robyn getting lifted in the air by a band member.
Although incredibly charismatic, flirtatious and with an obviously huge musical talent Robyn remained very humble between songs thanking the audience for their support on numerous occasions and also commenting on how intimated she was by the size of the venue.
Well unfortunatly it's going to get worse for her as I'm sure she'll be headlining to an even larger crowd on her next London visit!
London certainly loved Robyn anyway but would she be shown love in Edinburgh...
Although I had visited Edinburgh's Liquid Rooms on a couple of occasions this was the first time I had photographed a band there so wasn't prepared for the narrow photo pit and highish stage so spent the first three songs trying to work out a decent angle for taking pictures.
After my designated time in the pit I was able to dump my far too heavy camera bag, complete with laptop and weekend essentials at the side of the stage, gravitating towards a position at the far end of the front row.
I watched most of the Koko set from the back of the room so I knew this would be a far more enjoyable experience.
Robyn was on great form as always but it was sidekick "Mr" Kleerup who attracted my attention as I hadn't previously taken in his new love for "Rocking out", throwing shapes and striking poses!
Robyn and Kleerup made a great double act, bringing moments such as Robyn stretching her hands out to the audience while Kleerup stands beside her foot on the monitor - Rock position 117!
It was certainly fun to watch anyway.
Robyn's set was similiar to the previous night with the Scottish crowd sounding even more vocal than the London bunch.
Robyn took time to let the audience know how much they meant to her, especially as she ran her own record label so their support was very important.
When the encore came around I waited patiently for the Police track, joining in with the Scottish sing along when it eventually appeared.
There was no acoustic "Be mine" so Robyn ended the set the same way as London with an acoustic "Heartbeat".
Although it wasn't a great night for me picture wise I was still extremely happy that I made the lengthy trip across the Border to see Robyn having an amazing time connecting with a Scottish audience.
Having watched her gradual UK ascension since her intimate show at London's Metro 12 months ago it's been great to follow Robyn's progress in the country so I look forward to more live shows in 2008.
Last updated: 19/04/2018 00:11:26