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Katy B live review

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A strange one, this: Katy B celebrates her album that isn’t an album with a gig that isn’t a gig: sporting just a DJ and drummer behind her, this homecoming show is, in essence, a throwback to Brien’s days doing PAs at raves: songs bounce past, all ready-mixed, just waiting for her to sing over them, while the focus on stage is all dancers and lasers.

On the whole it’s joyfully bombastic stuff, carried along by Brien’s infectious excitability and big-ticket covers like Let Me Be Your Fantasy. For all the euphoria, though, there’s an abiding sense that Brien’s innate magnetism and musicality is slightly wasted on this huge karaoke session: charisma the size of hers demands a great big hulking pop show, not a sop to days gone by.

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