MØ, AlunaGeorge @ O2 Academy, Bristol, 20/10/2013

alunagerogeThere’s a quieter turn out than expected for AlunaGeorge, despite their success in 2013. The lower level of the 02 Academy isn't heaving, but that doesn't stop the duo arriving to loud applause from the audience. Their Body Music tour hits Bristol tonight after a couple of months exploring Europe, and builds on the release of their debut album in summer this year, with a few surprises thrown into the mix.

Aluna Francis enters the stage in one of her statement eye-grabbing outfits with a silky, cream robe thrown on top and giving off a slightly Rocky Balboa vibe. There’s a quick wave from George Reid before he settles behind the keyboard, and the duo launch straight into their first song "Just a Touch" before "Kaleidoscope Love".  Although originally apprehensive over Francis' high, sweeter than sweet vocals on their tracks, I am surprised and happy to see it is the really deal, not an electronic after effect. "Best Be Believing" and the album's lead single "You Know You Like It" display her unique vocal talents and even with the child-like quality, there's a fierceness in the delivery that works well with the electronic world Reid creates.

Lesser known of the two, Reid has his own time to shine as Francis takes a back step and lets the other half of the duo have some of the spotlight with an impressive, instrumental solo. It's his quirky remix of Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It" that really has the crowd singing along. AlunaGeorge hit their stride in the second half of their set as they begin to interact with the audience more. The live show switches up a beat and there's a greater energy as they break into "Superstar" and "Attracting Flies" as the audience bounce along with more vigor under the strobe lighting. An encore of "We Are Chosen" and of course the energetic "White Noise" closes the show on a sweaty high, but it's disappointing to see many people walking out before they can finally finish with "Your Drums, Your Love". Although Disclosure's track did launch them further into the mainstream, it's a shame that a few audience members don't realise they have a lot more to offer than just guest starring. Overall, a short but very sweet set from the duo and it's good to see just how talented they are with their live shows.

Despite all of this, a personal highlight from the night is arriving just in time to see second support act  tackle the stage, quite literally, like an obstacle course as she hair-whips, crowd-surfs and whirls around like a petite tornado. Apologising profusely for calling us Brighton, the audience immediately love her and she almost outshines AlunaGeorge in her memorable thirty-minute set. Danish born Karen Marie Ørsted is most recognised for her track "Pilgrim" and was a great support choice for AlunaGeorge with her electronic-pop style and incredible vocals.


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