Live: YUNGBLUD // Electric Ballroom, London
Frenetic from start to finish, Yungblud’s performance was a tour de force that brought the whole of Camden up on their feet.
Known for nonconformist views and raucous live shows, Yungblud‘s reputation precedes him. With a debut album to his name and hordes of truly dedicated fans, his UK tour was sure to make an impact and remain embedded in the memory of many. Incorporating uncontainable energy into a set of angsty anthems, there is no doubt that Dominic Harrison is a force to be reckoned with. The 1.5k souls which filled up Electric Ballroom last Friday night were an excellent proof of that.
In true rock ‘n’ roll style, Yungblud took us for a maniacal ride through his collection of infectious songs. Jumping on to the stage to the roaring sonics of opener 21st Century Liability, it was a high-speed start to the journey ahead with the decibel level rising immediately. The chaos that ensued was quite a sight to behold.
Yungblud’s eclectic music style and tongue-in-cheek attitude makes him stand out clearly amongst the scene. Drawing inspiration from punk, hip hop and UK garage, with a breakneck flow and modern alt-pop elements added in to the mix, his take on music is truly refreshing and exciting. Never one to stray away from tackling themes such as addiction, gentrification and disenfranchisement, all whilst infusing the lyrics with bite and irony, these thought-provoking and unique aspects of his songwriting seem to strongly resonate with the crowds. Oozing with punchy in-your-face confidence and rebellious nature, it only magnifies his charismatic presence.
Bringing out his signature pink tones, the lighting accompaniment complemented the set as we danced through the carousel of emotions in I Love You, Will You Marry Me and rhythmic variations in Medication. Strumming an acoustic guitar, Kill Somebody slowed things down a bit, shedding light on Yungblud’s effortlessly penned lyrical groove.
Elsewhere in the set, his latest single Loner drew out every ounce of energy from the relentless crowd, whilst California struck with a catchy melodic chorus and a loud singalong. With the audience going nuts throughout the whole set, fan favourites Die For The Hype, Doctor Doctor and Machine Gun (F**k the NRA) were just the icing on the cake as they brought along the grand finale and left everyone gasping for breath.
Completely redefining the concept of ‘crazy’, Yungblud is a very intriguing and provoking character and one to keep an eye on. His live shows are simply insane and every track he releases elevates his status to the next level. If all his achievements to date are anything to go by, we should be expecting even greater things from this Yorkshire-born young artist very, very soon.
Photos: Kasia Osowiecka