Lindsey Stirling - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London
With a channel that has had over 326,783,570 views (and counting!) Lindsey Stirling can certainly be called a YouTube sensation! The American 'dubstep violinist' decided to do things her own way after a brief dalliance with TV show America’s Got Talent in 2010, by embracing social media and creating a series of innovative and highly entertaining videos showcasing her musical skills.
Lindsey released her self-titled debut album in the States last September, with the collection finally arriving in the UK this week and this headline show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire was to promote that event. This was the musician's second headliner in the capital, having played a gig at the slightly more intimate Garage back in January.
Lindsey capitalised on the larger surroundings by using a large video backdrop to great effect throughout the show, but it was the spritely violinist who everyone's eyes were on for the set's duration as she was one of the most energetic performers I've seen in years. Lindsey simply dazzled with spins, dips, moonwalks and turns, not staying still for a second. It was a bloody ordeal keeping up with the lass while in the photo pit, but great fun nonetheless!
Her set was drawn mostly from her album with highlights including opener 'Anti Gravity', a superb 'Spontaneous Me', 'Electric Daisy Violin' (my fave), a spooky 'Moon Trance' and a track I've got a real soft spot for - 'Elements", as there are little moments in it that remind me of the soundtrack to the ancient TV adaption of Robinson Crusoe.
In addition to the album tracks there were a few of the violinist's famed covers on offer, including her take on the theme from video game The Legend Of Zelda and set closer - a very rowdy run through of the title song from the Lloyd Webber classic The Phantom Of The Opera.
Lindsey had drawn a capacity crowd for her SBE show so it was no surprise that they demanded an encore and they were rewarded with another cover in the shape of Evanescence's 'My Immortal'. Although it went down a storm the fans had been screaming and demanding a different song, so the place erupted when the opening bars of 'Crystalize' appeared. I have to admit the song actually gave me goosebumps in the first minute or for some reason. Maybe it was the cold glacial landscapes projected on the screen behind the violinist but it was certainly a stunning rendition and a thrilling finale.