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Beabadoobee at NX

Beabadoobee at NX, 11th October

Walking into the new NX venue, I was ready for a night of pretending I was 19 again, listening to indie tunes and feeling misunderstood by, though deeply connected to, everyone surrounding me. I was not disappointed. Beabadoobee and her band provided a simultaneously nostalgic yet timeless experience, through songs of vulnerability, goofiness and good ol’ fashioned rock. This Filipino-British singer-songwriter, who is arguably most known for Coffee - her first song ever written, brought her sold out show to Newcastle. Whilst this acoustic number, TikTok famous for its catchy riff, ended the night, the evening was filled with breath-taking bangers that left us Beabadoobopping.

Having supported artists such as the 1975 and Clairo, providing vocals on tracks for Powfu and Cavetown and even featuring on the beloved soundtrack of the Netflix series Heartstopper, it seems, unless you’ve been living under a rock, Beabadoobee is everywhere. No matter where each audience member found out about this artist, the one thing they all hard in common was that they knew every word she sang. Though the whole band had a stage presence that meant we did not know where to focus our attention, my personal favourite was Eliana, the bassist, whose phenomenal skills made it pretty clear why Bea felt the need to write ‘she plays bass’ about her. Watching from further back, the sea of arms swaying from side to side during a slower song and the waves of jumps when a beat hit were like I’ve never seen before. The excitement and pure joy amongst the crowd was infectious.

Cait Jobson

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