Courtyard Theatre – March 27th
As we enter the somewhat unusual venue of the Courtyard Theatre, we hear the security whisper behind us of not letting anyone else in, that the room is full. So we’re surprised to find, on entry, a half-empty room. Some kind of commotion starts in the middle of the audience, and it’s quickly apparent that the space isn’t spare at all: A group of seven dancers fill it, taking turns to impress the excited audience. It’s a fittingly energetic and interesting opening for an act as unusual as Twigs.
The anticipation for the headline act weaves through the air. With friends, family and fans alike in the audience, Twigs arrives on stage to a rapturous reception. Immediately we feel the bass pouring through the floor as she takes command of the stage, and enthralls the small audience.
The sounds are harsher and stronger live; the house-influenced whiplash beats completely mesmerise everyone as Twigs hits every ridiculously difficult note over the top. We see fiercely juxtaposing personalities from the star as she shies away from between-track talk; preferring awkward silence to awkward banter, yet bringing a huge presence and confidence when she starts to sing.
It comes together perfectly, and there’s not a person that isn’t transfixed. Calling out for her breakout track ‘Papi Pacify‘, she obliges with her penultimate track. The bass gets even bigger and there’s a palpable feeling that we’ve all witnessed something incredibly special in this strange tiny basement tonight.