Before I will report about my very own London LP experience, first I will catch up with everything that’s been going on, starting with 1st July and Avoine Zone Groove 2017 Festival in Avoine, France. Few weeks ago I received an email from Elsa, who was going to Avoine and she promised to write about the festival, here are her memories of that special day.
“Have you ever witnessed something incredible enough to blow your mind away and you’re still not able to get it back even a day after? If your answer is no then all you have to do is attending a LP live show. I’m definitely not gonna be objective about her performance but I want to point out the fact that it truly was beyond my expectations and trust me I expected a lot. Even though I unfortunately got sick ? I still managed to enjoy each tune and every lyric”.
“LP seemed quite talkative and she even made fun of the fest saying “This is a beautiful town!” when the gig took place in a field in the deep countryside. And as she said she loved France, someone in the public shouted something like “Frenchkiss” so she kind of tried to frenchkiss the air and then shared a memory with the audience. She said (I paraphrase) “I remember my first frenchkiss… Jimmy Sacady… It was horrible! Yeah it was a boy! Boys are ok they were just like girls back in the day”.
Ha! This one is fun! you can find a video of that moment by clicking here, I love that someone captured this story. LP at her best ? I adore her! Elsa continued: “People from the front row threw their cellphones at her but she couldn’t catch any of them and they both landed on the stage so she laughed and said something like “It’s was a joke you know it’s like when somebody says “Throw the baby!” I’m better at throwing that I am at catching”.
“The performance lasted about one and half an hour though it felt like 10 minutes. She played all the songs from the Lost On You album even the new ones: When We’re High, Switchblade and Suspicion and she also played old songs as Levitator, Tokyo Sunrise and Someday. During this last one she left stage while still singing and I think she almost get lost behind the stage as she took some time to come back before she played the very last song of the encore: Into The Wild”.
“She also played Forever For Now and did some whistles that I had never heard before, maybe she was improvising, it was stunning”. I will get back to the part regarding ‘Someday’ later on. As sadly it wasn’t the case of LP being lost behind the stage….
More from Elsa: “One of the things I really liked was watching the crowd and witnessing the people all at once being stuned by the powerfull voice going out of this tiny body while she was doing her amazing vocals worthy of an opera singer. Also I was very surprised by the diversity of the public! I thought we would be mostly teenagers but actually it was quite the opposite!”.
“In the end I feel so blessed I had the chance to see her live. There’s something coming out of her presence that you can’t feel in the videos. It seems like she talks directly to you and at the same time to the crowd like it is one and only person. I know some people are not able to say a word after being amazed but I actually feel overwhelmed by them. I tried to keep it short (I really did) and avoid it being boring but there’s just too much to say! But anyway too much will never be enough right? ?”.
“PS: To the person that catched her harmonica : We’re all glad for you but also jalous as hell you’ve no idea ?”. Elsa, thank you so much for taking your time and writing so beautifully about this concert, I feel really blessed having such wonderful and lovely readers. All the best to you, and I hope we can meet someday at LP concert!
As for the part of LP being lost on stage, sadly something really horrible and awful happened, as Elsa later explained in her follow up email: “In my last mail I told you that I thought that LP got lost behind the scene while singing Someday. I just learn via the French fan club that actually she was assaulted by someone twice her size who “tried to lick her neck” and two men were required to stop the person… I barely beleive it! I did not think such a thing could even happen… ?”.
Sadly this did happen, and it really breaks my heart…
LP is the most kind, loving and open person I have ever met. Everything she does, she does it for her fans. Not for the money or industry. She puts EVERYTHING in her performance, because she loves her fans, and you can really see that and yes, deffinitely feel that! I know we are sometimes overwhelmed by emotions, but put HER in first place, then yourself… In London I didn’t think of touching LP by myself, I just put my hand out in the air, and she grabbed it twice, all by hesrself… That’s all you need to do.
You will see it in her smile, or in her gesture, if she feels like hugging, or talking. But please, be respectful for this amazing human soul, because she deserves it. Think first, ask yourself, would I like that? I’m sure the answer would be no. I am also sure it wasn’t a real LP fan that did such a horrid thing, but some fans and their behaviour is slowly getting out of hands. LP’s security first… Then everything else… We would hate to see being separated from her by metal barriers for LP’s safety… She loves and evens needs to interact with her fans, but without respect and security we won’t be having that anymore…
For official pictures of LP’s concert click here. Here you will find a tiny blog post about the concert & link to two videos from France. And a special shout-out to my French friends, whom I met via LP fan community. Lucie – who makes some delicious cookies & Epic – huge vinyl lover, they both got to meet LP backstage and they shoot a lovely video with her as well as some great pics. Congrats girls! I am VERY happy for you both!