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Thursday 04 November 2021

Wednesday 03 November 2021. ARLO PARKS live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Tonight was the first of her two sold out shows at this venue. Arlo Parks looks like being a massive star of the future and has been on prime-time UK and USA tv shows. At the time of this show she will be a 21 year-old British singer/songwriter and poet but is now set to headline the 2,000-capacity venue in support of her gorgeous debut album, marking the biggest headline gigs of her career...both these shows sold out back in May 2021. Prior to this UK tour, Arlo Parks embarked on a full North American tour. “The Collapsed In Sunbeams Tour” North American Tour now features 24 gigs, with 22 shows in the U.S, and two shows in Canada...part of her 2021/2022 world tour to promote the album. In April 2021, Arlo Parks won three BRIT Awards , including Best Album. In Sept 2021 Arlo Parks won the prestigious Hyundai Mercury Album Prize Award. The album went to number three in the UK charts. ------------------ First support - LUCY McWILLIAMS arrived on stage at 7.30pm for a 25 mins set. She sung a few decent tracks with keyboards and guitar backing. Second support - JOESEF arrived on stage at 8.15pm for his 30 mins set. Singer-songwriter with a high range pop-soul voice. His band included females on bass and drums. ARLO PARKS arrived on stage at 9.15pm and was on stage for 60 mins. A short set as she only has the one album out. A nice stage production with small tress, plants and flowers around the stage. For several songs Arlo has 10 in her band including two brass and four backing singers. At the start of every year several young female singer-songwriters are hotly tipped, some tick along ok and others like Arlo Parks quickly become very popular. I can remember seeing a young hotly tipped girl named Adele play to 250 people at Bush Hall in 2008 when her debut came out...Duffy from that year got very popular for a while and now has gone. On several tracks Arlo Parks had that smooth pop-soul of someone like Sade. On her encore track “Hope,” we’re introduced to a character named Millie, who, Parks sings gently, has “tried to talk the pleasure back into being alive.” It’s an anthemic tune about battling depression, told with compassion and care. “You’re not alone like you think you are,” the chorus goes. Parks is attentive with language, and her songs about love, regret, and pain flutter like memories stamped into your mind. A good show, and it will be interesting to see what heights her career will get to. Full ARLO PARKS setlist played tonight... Hurt Green Eyes Cola Just Go Portra 400 Too Good Caroline Collapsed in Sunbeams (read from poetry book) Eugene Angel’s Song Black Dog Sophie Super Sad Generation Encore: Hope (ticker-tape dropped over the stalls standing area)