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Tuesday 28 September 2021

Monday 27 September 2021. DODIE plays Hammersmith Apollo. 26 year old female singer-songwriter has had multi-millions of views on her YouTube channel. Her debut studio album " Build a Problem " was released on 7 May 2021, and peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart ----------------- Another gig event that is full of teenage girls and under 25 women in the stalls standing. Her audience is overwhelmingly made up of young LGBTQ women and others who related to dodie’s well-documented struggles with derealisation and depression. The hairstyles rivalled the technicolour of the various pride flags that decorated concert goers. For some of them it is their first gig, so their enthusiasm is at fever pitch. Mums and dads with their kids are seated upstairs....and quite a few older folks without kids. My security chums told me dozens had arrived at the venue by lunchtime to queue , and three of them were there at 7am into the morning,..yes 7am. There is space in the stalls and circle but still pretty amazing that she has sold 3000 tickets out of 5000. I miss both the support acts. DODIE and her six piece band (three are strings) arrive on stage at 9pm for their 85 mins set. Her first words were "Holy Fuck - Hello London"...as she looked out to the big crowd. A very clever use of mainly white lighting on stage, was really stunning. A full size bed arrived on stage for one song, as Dodie flung herself on and off it. Confetti cannons were used during the encore. DODIE was quite theatrical as she danced around the stage, in her bare feet. The crowd sing along loudly to every song. During the encore after a quick change dodie returned to the stage in her wonderfully silly postwoman outfit for "Hate Myself ", one of the real highlights from the latest album and a well-recieved closer. With a camp yet earnest salute to the crowd, dodie was done. The end of the show produced a huge roar and standing ovation that followed. dodie took a moment to take it all in before hugging her friends and reluctantly leading the bows. The crowd loved her and Dodie really did put on a really good confident performance. ------------------------------------ Sunday 26 September 2021. Very sad news that former Status Quo bassist ALAN LANCASTER has died aged 72. He had suffered with MS for several years. Alan had lived in Australia for over 40 years. I have see Status Quo (with and without Alan) around 40 times since 1974. Saw a few of those amazing Frantic Four reunion shows, with all four original members.