Charli XCX at The Olympia Theatre (review & photos)
Charli XCX took to the stage at Dublin’s The Olympia as the second support act to open for Ellie Goulding on her ongoing European tour, this April 7th.
The 19-year-old London club kid strutted onstage dressed in a black and white checkered crop top, paired with a green tartan schoolgirl-esque skirt and Spice Girl style platforms, true to her usual 90’s style. The audience took little time in joining the buzzworthy teenager in what can only be described as thrash-dancing. On stage she is fearless which quickly causes the crowd to also lose all inhibitions and writhe to her playhouse pop sound. Charli XCX’s energy is boundless and only stops once during the set, when she herself steps on her own mic lead causing a booming sound and a temporary break twenty seconds into her song “Nuclear Seasons”. Nuclear Seasons is undoubtedly a set highlight, thriling the entire crowd.
Ending on the hit song “I Love It”, which she co-wrote with Swedish synthpop duo Icona Pop, Charli XCX had the crowd in the palm of her hand. The entirety of the crowd chanted back near word-perfect lyrics at the innovative goth-pop songstress, rendering her almost completely inaudible by the time the chorus came around.
Charli XCX put on a stellar performance that could have roused a much larger audience than the Olympia can contain. Her debut album “True Romance” is expected to be released this April 15th.
Review and photos by Laur Ryan