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Thursday 07 July 2022.

Wednesday 06 July 2022. OLIVIA RODRIGO live at Hammersmith Apollo. 19 year old American female plays the first of her London two shows here that sold out pronto. Her world tour included Glastonbury Festival a couple of weeks ago. Rodrigo, who took home Grammy Awards in April 2022 for best new artist and best pop vocal album for "Sour" , and best pop solo performance....Her worldwide breakout hit single was "Drivers License" . Rolling Stone mag voted "Sour" as their best album of 2021. Support comes from BABY QUEEN. Baby Queen, is a South African singer based in London. Born and raised in Durban, South Africa, she moved to London at 18 to pursue a career in music and signed to record label Polydor in 2020. ------------------- No surprise that 90 % of the crowd are females under the age of 30. The many merch stands here are doing a roaring trade. BABY QUEEN arrived on stage at 8pm and played for 40 mins. They are given a tiny space in front of Olivia Rodrigo's stage production. A really good set of pop punk tunes. OLIVIA RODRIGO arrived on stage at 9.20pm and played for 65 mins. Olivia Rodrigo is certainly one of the hottest new female talents on the planet. Just one album released, but awards galore and big venues everywhere all sold out. Rodrigo’s lyrics resonate powerfully with a teenage audience, as her passionate bedroom ballads and nimble covers articulate both heartbreak and rage. The crowd sing every word loudly to every song from the album. A few nifty alt-pop punk tracks played, then an acoustic section, then back to the livelier tracks. NATALIE IMBRUGLIA joins her on stage , as they both belt out Natalie's big 1990s hit "Torn". Natalie still looking incredibly youthful for her age of 47...she looks more like Olivia's older sister. You can easily see Olivia Rodrigo headlining arena's when her second album comes out. A really good show. Full OLIVIA RODRIGO setlist played tonight... Brutal jealousy, jealousy Drivers License Complicated (Avril Lavigne cover) hope ur ok enough for you / 1 step forward, 3 steps back happier All I Want favorite crime traitor Torn (Natalie IMBRUGLIA cover) (with Natalie Imbruglia) deja vu Encore: Good 4 U (with ticker-tape over the stalls )