Heading to Lizzo in Dublin? This is what to expect, writes Eoghan O'Sullivan, after catching her gig in Brixton, London, earlier this week.
Few could have predicted Lizzo's stratospheric rise in 2019. Coming out of the Minneapolis scene, she has toiled for years with a couple of minor hits such as the cocky 'Batches and Cookies'. But after the first echoing guitar chords of 'Juice' were heard in January, it all changed for Melissa Jefferson.
Suddenly she was everywhere, providing not just the sound of the summer but of the year. Bookers definitely didn't see Lizzo coming. She's in the c5,000-capacity Brixton Academy for two nights midweek and plays the much smaller Olympia in Dublin on Sunday.
The venue is bursting at the seams by the time Lizzo appears in London, wrapped in a robe and making her entrance via an altar on stage: This is her church and we're worshipping at the altar of Lizzo. Indeed she has a preacher's passion, declaring at one point that this is a place of all kinds of love for all kinds of people.
"Where my thick bitches at?" she asks to not-quite-raucous screams. "I get it London, you don't want to appropriate my ass. Well tonight everybody in this motherfucker is a big bitch."
The cries from the crowd are ear-piercingly loud from the start. "Let's get this lovefest started off right," she urges, launching into album opener 'Cuz I Love You' . Her first twerk comes to 'Exactly How I Feel', all the while she jumps and high-kicks her way around stage, alongside four dancers. She sits at the front and tells the crowd being in front of them feels therapeutic, like self-care.
Everyone will have their own favourite track - the cleansing 'Like a Girl' is a highlight in London, while 'Tempo' is thirsty. 'Soulmate' is triumphant and 'Boys' is a reminder that Lizzo can do any genre, from pop to trap.
Her voice is stunning, despite some disappointing sound levels, but the high notes are jaw-dropping, and her costumes eye-catching; halfway through the 90-minute set, she changes into gold-sequined pants emblazoned with '100%' on her booty and 'That' and 'Bitch' on the front of each leg.
The crowd reaches fever pitch. For the encore, Lizzo returns, flute in hand, to showcase another of her array of talents as she reveals 'Juice'. It sends the crowd home in a daze. There is no doubt 2019 is the year of Lizzo. Chances are we're facing into the decade of Lizzo.