English artist Lily Allen rocked the house at Sound Academy last Sunday in an affair filled with a technicolour light show, baby bottles, and a strong quick-change game in support of her Sheezus Tour – her first North American tour in five years.
Donning a gold sequinned track suit, the pink-haired singer strutted on stage amidst rows upon rows of lit-up baby bottles for the start of her set with title track “Sheezus,” from her most recent album released in May.
By the third song and one of my favourites, “LDN,” she flung off her sparkly top to reveal a cute leather bralette – the first of her multiple outfit changes for the night.
From a frank discussion about her youngest daughter smearing shit on the walls, to CN Tower facts, to explaining how “L8 CMMR” is about her husband being “really good” in bed, Allen charmed the crowd with conversation throughout her show.
At one point, there was an altercation in the crowd and the singer called out the individuals, “I don’t do fighting. Lights on over here,” she continued in a light tone, “Stop being an asshole. Is everything cool?” The guest said yes, and before continuing her set, she double-checked with a “Are you sure?” Lily Allen, cool ass chick and peer mediator.
Houdini would be proud at the “URL Badman” singer’s narrative as she did a comical quick-change to Tupac’s “Changes” with the lights turned off. Not even 2 minutes later, Lily Allen emerged in a delightfully frilly abstract-printed dress.
The singer has been known to cover other artists from time-to-time and she absolutely rocked two R&B hits that night. The first was Jhene Aiko‘s “The Worst” and later on, she came out for an encore which started with an enrapturing cover of The Weeknd‘s verse on “Or Nah” by Ty Dolla $ign, turning explicit lyrics into the most elegant harmonies.
Lily Allen ended her show with “Hard Out Here” in a twerk-filled performance with her back-up dancers in short shorts and dog masks. Allen did her share of booty-popping in her two-piece outfit, leaving the crowd on a colourful high on their way home from Polson Pier.
(All photos by Ashley Emma Ng)