An enormous chiffon sheer sheet unfurls on stage in front of the 10,000-strong Robyn crowd, waiting in anticipation for her to grace the stage. The first track, Send To Robyn Immediately, from the acclaimed Honey swells, as she emerges in a nude slip with bejewelled nipples glittering. It is a triumphant tour de force, returning after eight years away from performing in London and eight years since Body Talk pt. 1 and 2 hit the airwaves.
Crowd pleasers Honey and Indestructible, followed by Hang With Me open the show, and demonstrate how her sound has evolved over the years, yet hasn’t deviated from the synthy pop that has made her so successful.
Transfixing, but oddly placed interpretive dance splits up the set which is theatrical throughout; an enormous papier-mâché hand is the decoration, two vertical screens either side follow her traversing the stage, the chiffon sheet is fluttering. A costume change to a lace matador fitted suit continues the theatre, while Between the Lines and Love Is Free ring out.
Don’t Fucking Tell Me What to do leads into Dancing On My Own, the standout, euphoric hit. This cuts through the crowd. First verse is delivered on point, then Robyn is static on stage handing over to the crowd, silent for almost the entire chorus being chanted back to her.
The rest of the show unfolds, with her strong back-catalogue. Missing U and Call Your Girlfriend are two hotly anticipated sad bangers bringing the tempo down towards the end. Finally, Who Do You Love ends the night after Human Being. We know who the crowd loves and that is Robyn.
Lucy Harley-McKeown | WRITER