There was already an energetic buzz in the air at the recently refurbished Wulfrun Hall as Australian trio Blusher took to the stage to perform their set, which was packed full of dynamic electro-pop reminiscent to Haim and Chvrches. Switching between lead vocals, dance routines, and different instruments throughout; Blusher are the perfect mix of 90s ‘girl power’ and angsty electronic indie pop, and I can see them becoming huge in the next year or so.
Daði Freyr appeared on stage with his band in front of a giant inflatable cartoon version of himself, and opened with Thank You. This was quickly followed by a hint of his own self-deprecating humour, as he introduced us to ‘Big Daði’ (the inflatable at the back of the stage) and ‘Sexy Daði’ (himself) and then joked that he was in the same maths class at school as ex- Wolverhampton Wanderers player Jón Daði Böðvarsson.
The humour continued as Daði struck up a conversation with two audience members, Catherine and Emily, and joked about taking out a restraining order against them as they saw him outside the venue before the concert; he then launched into an improvised song about them.
Daði may have represented Iceland at Eurovision in 2021, but he now lives in Berlin, so his songs jumped between multiple languages including Icelandic, English and German. The songs on tonight’s set mostly were taken from his latest release, I Made An Album; with a few older tracks thrown in from earlier EPs and his first album & Co.
The show was both manic and charming in equal parts and Daði’s soulful, baritone voice shone throughout the show, and was particularly powerful during Trying, Sunshine and Skiptir Ekki Máli. We were also lucky enough to hear the debut of a new track from Freyr, called I’m Not Bitter, which was a fantastic surprise. However, some of the biggest reactions from the audience came during Eurovision favourites, 10 Years and Think About Things.
Freyr closed on a frantic encore of two marvellous covers; Obviously, by McFly, followed by a firm fan favourite, Whole Again, by Atomic Kitten. Both versions were a little weird and wonderful, yet the perfect way to close what had already been a uniquely fun evening.