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Live Review: Dodie @ Bush Hall (04/12/16)


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It’s not often that you can claim that you’ve been to a gig that felt like a family gathering, but Dodie Clark’s headline gig at Bush Hall did just that feeling like a big jam session in a gorgeous 20th century ballroom.

For her rather large extended family of 500 guests, friends, fellow youtubers and parents; Dodie put on a stunning ukulele driven evening, complete with recorder solos, life lessons and an incredibly dedicated and enraptured crowd who sung, hummed and do-do-ed every word.

Following the release of her debut EP Intertwined, Dodie wanted to share her thoughts on all the different happenings of life and the feelings that come with it, with the gig evoking a deep-meaningful-chat feel.

Dodie skipped onto stage in a bright yellow top, embodying the ray of sunshine persona that she shares through her YouTube channel and music, which she continued by opening with the infectious fan favourite 'Absolutely Smitten'.

The band brought an infectious, tight-knit family feel, with support act Orla Gartland acting as Dodie’s guitarist. After she played an emotional performance of 'When', a song about accepting the loss of the past and learning what love is, she shared that she had just discovered a new meaning to a particular line, a sentiment which the audience appreciated and shared.

'She', a beautifully gentle and heartfelt tune triggered the most passionate reaction from the crowd of the night, with hundreds of phones raised in the air like torches to document a message that meant so much to so many.

Dodie has spoken frequently and openly about her teenage struggle to come to terms with her bi-sexuality, and it is clear that 'She' is an anthem for her comrades who could also be struggling. Complete with t-shirts being sold in the foyer adorned with lyrics from the song, it seems that being proud of your sexuality is something that Dodie is an admirable advocate for.

But it wasn’t all tears and heart-to-hearts, with a rendition of the quirky 'I Have A Hole In My Tooth (And My Dentist Is Shut)', complete with sunglasses and a spontaneous recorder solo of 'My Heart Will Go On' from film Titanic. There was also a “smooth and jazzy” cover of Gnarles Barclay’s 'Crazy' and Britney Spear’s 'Toxic', which Dodie’s vocals suited uniquely but perfectly.

After a lively and sassy singalong to 'One for the Road', a song about finding independence after somebody leaves us behind, Dodie announced an impromptu meet and greet, much to the delight of the audience. As 500 of us queued in anticipation, she appeared on a balcony above us, excitedly repeating "this is so weird!" as we all cheered for her.

Dodie was just as friendly, cheerful and strong in person as she comes across in her videos and recordings, and must be one of the kindest in the business.

A night filled with fun, thoughtful lyrics and above all, awe-inspiring talent. There were plenty of opportunities to dance, sway and sing all your troubles away, as well as contemplate life and get a bit emosh in a room full of friends.

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