Gig Review: Låpsley at Shepherds Bush

Last night I went to Shepherds Bush for the first time (nice little venue) to see an act I really like Låpsley.

I’ve seen her before at Bestival last year, but there’s a different level when seeing an act at a festival compared to a room. The dark intimate space of a gig really brings tracks alive, the same as seeing a DJ in a nightclub. But most people already know this.

Låpsley opened on her track Cliff, and the thumping kick and toy like blocky drums truly shook the venue, something that I didn’t think was going to sound as good as it did. After that she played all of her album and most past releases. The brilliant looping and vocal pitch changes sounded really nice echoing throughout Shepherds Bush, in tracks like Heartless and Tell Me The Truth. The climactic crashing instruments at the end of Burn, and even the mesmerisingly soft anticlimax of Dancing sounded amazing two tracks that were particularly good.

The gig was going really well. Then she went and covered Kate Bush’s ‘This Women’s Work’ a song that I hold very close to my heart and find very hard to listen to. Because of this the gig went down a slight bit. It’s not that I don’t have anything against acts doing covers, its just in my opinion some tracks shouldn’t be covered. Its because sometimes they either fuck it or other times they aren’t going to get the same feeling across as the original. Again in my own opinion she didn’t do it justice, and that goes for anyone who covers Kate Bush.

For her encore she played Operator, and that got the whole of Shepherds Bush fully in swing, with arms and legs flying everywhere! As a special treat, the cross dresser from the Operator video came out on stage. She ended on Hurt Me, nothing on Operator, but still really good.

Overall, a good gig.


Låpsley played.

  1. Cliff
  2. Falling Short
  3. Heartless
  4. Painter
  5. Burn
  6. Tell Me The Truth
  7. Seven Months
  8. Dancing
  9. Brownlow
  10. Woman’s Work
    (Kate Bush cover)
  11. Station


  12. Operator
  13. Hurt Me

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