Over the years I had hoped I would have the opportunity to see her in concert but unfortunately she has only made the occasional one-off appearance in the UK, the last visit being three years ago, and for one reason or another I was never able to go. Fortunately earlier this year a concert was announced at The Forum in Kentish Town, London and I was determined that this time I would be there. I booked my ticket on the morning they went on sale and looked forward to an enjoyable evening.
I had the choice of standing or a more comfortable seat in the balcony and, feeling my days of standing at a concert were in the past, settled for the more comfortable option. The view and sound were excellent and I managed to take plenty of photos during the evening.
With images of Loie Fuller, the Victorian dancer, along with animations and patterns projected on a screen behind her the atmosphere seemed close to a 20th century Parisian music hall venue and The Forum had more than a touch of French glamour on this night. All this set the scene for a professional, flashy, entertaining and chic performance from this French chanteuse.
She opened with Tu Pars Comme On Revient and followed with Mi Amor, both from her latest album Love Songs, and then toned down the mood with the lovely Il y a.
With the majority of the audience French she kept to her native language for her between song banter except when she commented that she was, "…very honoured to be here in London."
She danced around the stage in a sultry manner, wafting her arms and wiggling her hips, not unlike a teenager dancing in front of a mirror and with her youthful seductive vocals there can be no doubt that the stage is her second home.
During Joe Le Taxi she encouraged the audience to sing along to which the entire audience responded by joining in. A similar response greeted her performance of Sunday Mondays, one of just two songs performed in English, the other being Natural High.
Following a performance of the title track of her current album she left the stage and an audience screaming out for more.
A standing ovation and rapturous applause saw her return to the stage for a three-song encore which included an excellent performance of my favourite song, the romantic Dis Lui Toi Que Je T'Aime followed by Divine Idylle before bringing the concert to a close with Tu Vrois C'que J'Vois. Before leaving the stage she thanked and applauded the audience and left with a shy bow.
A fantastic concert and I only hope she returns to the UK for more concerts very soon.