Charli XCX went from opening for Taylor Swift to slaying her own headlining shows. She did this at The Wiltern in Los Angeles the other week and every LGTBQ member and other fan had the time of their lives.
The singer, who was a regular in the east London warehouse scene as a teenager, brought the race culture to a pop show. The show had a compelling blend of lights, colors, bubblegum late-90’s fashion and of course Charli’s distinct vocals, dance moves and ability to wake up a crowd immediately after listening to classical music over the speakers for an hour + while waiting for the show to begin.
Her two hour set was jam-packed with all hits from her latest album titled Charli, which was released last month, including “Cross You Out,” “Blame It On Your Love” and “White Mercedes.” The album also included a bunch of features and since it was Los Angeles, a bunch of special guests came out to share the stage including HAIM to perform their song for “Warm” and Kim Petras came out to perform “Unlock It” and “Click.”
With a talent like hers and a set like the one she performed, it would be easy to make it all about her, but she did the complete opposite. She was very grateful for everyone who came out to watch her perform and to everyone who performed with her. She was very thankful to everyone who has helped build who she is today.
Overall, the show was full of amazing talent, a night full of inclusivity and fun, a concert where you could let go and be free.