hmv.com reviews... BANKS @ Lovebox Festival
Across the weekend, hmv.com will be down at Lovebox Festival in Hackney's Victoria Park to review all the top artists, next up it's BANKS...
BANKS. The most interesting and exciting new artist in the world right now, equal parts Fiona Apple and Aaliyah, her debut album Goddess is out in September.
Lovebox Festival, in the Big Top.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Given Nas was performing his beloved debut record Illmatic in full over on the Main Stage at the same time, there was every chance BANKS would be walking out to a half-full tent. But she didn't, it was rammed from front to back. The crowd were in rapture too, with many singing along at their top of their lungs and some throwing some serious shapes.
So what was the set like? What did she play?
It was flawless. She began with a stirring 'Before I Ever Met You' which then gave way to 'This Is What It Feels Like', which had everyone in the crowd singing along. 'Change' and 'Brain' soon followed, both of which were taken in by punters with open-mouthed wonderment. The sassy 'Goddess' came after that, with BANKS channelling Aaliyah full on, she then progressed to 'Fall Over' which sounded like the best of Regina Spektor sung over chopped up hip-hop beats. Just before the end, she performed 'Drowning', which sounded incredible, with BANKS, who's quite a controlled performer, flinging herself about with great abandon and some crowd members dancing like they were in Studio 54. She ended with 'Waiting Game', which just sounded colossal.
Any good between song banter?
She seemed simply overjoyed with the turnout and reaction and mainly said thank you, which was perfectly fine.
Did she put on much of a show?
It's simple and subtle, but the way BANKS lights her shows suits her perfectly, with flits of strobes and stabs of light over a dark stage, it suits the mood absolutely.
What was the highlight of the set?
It was all stunning, but BANKS herself seemed to enjoy 'Drowning' the most, throwing herself around the stage as the crescendo kicked in, it was incredible.
Where can I catch her next?
She's got a full US tour coming up next, but hopefully she'll return to the UK for a proper tour later in the year.
hmv.com will be reviewing Lovebox Festival throughout the weekend, check back for a full review of M.I.A's headline set.