imogen heap – empire, belfast

Wow. Wow. Wow. And oh my god… wow.

So. I went to see Imogen Heap in Belfast. I expected it to be good. No, I expected it to be great.

But nowhere in a million years did I honestly think it was be fan-fucking-tastic. Honestly, any adjective I could use to praise her would be an understatement, to be honest.

She was perfect in every sense of the word.

Entire setlist (via her website) was:

  • THE WALK
  • SWOON
  • COME HERE BOY
  • WAIT IT OUT
  • FIRST TRAIN HOME
  • LITTLE BIRD
  • CANVAS
  • AHA!
  • SPEEDING CARS
  • HAVE YOU GOT IT IN YOU?
  • JUST FOR NOW
  • BETWEEN SHEETS
  • LET GO
  • GOODNIGHT AND GO
  • HEADLOCK
  • TIDAL
  • THE MOMENT I SAID IT
  • HIDE AND SEEK

And all evening, she was interactive with the crowd. She shared a couple of jokes that made us laugh as well as a couple of stories.

One story I can remember she said was that she invited someone over for tea or something. Problem was he didn’t eat meat, milk, chocolate, wheat, fish etc. Now, she had to go and get stuff for a dinner he could eat. Did so and he had the meal.

Next thing, Imogen brings in a packet of *chocolate* digestives for herself, but this person – who didn’t eat chocolate or wheat – grabbed the digestives and had one for himself. I believe the quote Imogen gave at the show was of this guy was “Oh, it’s just one. What harm is that?”

“Needless to say, he wasn’t invited again,” said Imogen. It was based on a song, but I can’t remember what it was, may have been Aha!

Now, I’ll be honest. Going through the setlists she did for the American and European leg of the last tour, there was no mention of Let Go anywhere. Let Go was, and is, my favourite Frou Frou song. Of course, this wasn’t a Frou Frou tour, this was an Imogen Heap tour.

If she didn’t play Let Go, it’d be a bummer, but with the strength of her set without Let Go, it would have been okay.

Thankfully, she did play it. And it was brilliant.

But if there was one other song I was looking forward to hearing on the night, it was Tidal. She played an absolutely rocking version of this at Glastonbury, going by YouTube. But honestly, it was so much better than that. And, albeit for about a minute and a half, she acted like a proper rockstar.

After that, everyone on the live band bar the drummer, all left the stage so Imogen could do two songs by herself: first was The Moment I Said It. That was good shit.

Finally, we finished off the night as it should have been finished: Hide and Seek.

Honestly amazing.

When I seen Radiohead in Dublin two years ago, I said I must see them one more time again before I die. And I still intend to do that. For Imogen Heap, however, I intend to see her an infinite amount of times. Adjectives don’t do her justice.

Amazing.

Favorite songs:

  • The Walk
  • Wait it Out
  • First Train Home
  • Canvas
  • Aha
  • Speeding Cars
  • Just for Now
  • Between Sheets
  • Let Go
  • Goodnight and Go
  • Headlock
  • Tidal
  • The Moment I Said It
  • Hide and Seek

10/10

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