Thursday was a fab night at Chick Habit as they managed to secure a DJ set from Chvrches, or more accurately Lauren Mayberry the lead singer of the band. Chick Habit is a great night out every Thursday at Candy Bar, hosting live acts and DJs spinning some top indie and pop tunes – so I was really excited when they announced this DJ set only a week before.
Chvrches have been going from strength to strength this year, performing at festivals, TV appearances on Jools Holland and nominees for BBC’s Sound of 2013. Their infectious, electro-pop sound has a wide appeal. Lauren’s simple yet soaring vocals perfectly compliment samples and synths, creating brilliant and uplifting songs that you just can’t help but dance to. Their new album The Bones of What you Believe is out now with fantastic reviews!
There was a great atmosphere at Candy Bar as DJs AmyB, Phoebe & Chloe warmed up the crowd. Just after 11 pm and armed with a can of Strongbow the Scottish beauty – or Lauren – arrived taking over the decks. The set was a mixture of fun and dancey tunes, perfect for a night out. There was some crowd pleasers and some songs that took us all by surprise; everyone got dancing to Azealia Banks’ 212, there was a bit of Katy Perry, Hole, as well as some 80’s classics. To be honest I was supposed to be making notes of what she played for this review but I instantly forgot about that once the songs started up – sorry guys. My note taking went out the window as I danced happily to pop and indie tunes – the rest of the crowd dancing too – us all soaking up the laid-back and friendly atmosphere.
Hunched over the laptop, cute and pixie-like Lauren seemed nervous at first but soon got into the set. She was very sociable, having no problems saying hello to fans, taking pictures with people and having mini conversations in between lining up tunes. I nervously went up to her to shake her hand and she was all smiles and conversation. After telling her how great Chvrches were at Field Day festival this summer she thanked me graciously and said she preferred small gigs and meeting people, which I thought was charming.
The set ended too soon with a blast of Madonna – again taking the crowd by surprise but not stopping the dancing. There wasn’t much in the way of the synthy electro I was expecting but everyone was happy and buzzing during the set and I couldn’t hear any complaints.
Well done Chick Habit! Fantastic night with one fantastic DJ. Maybe she could get a permanent slot at Candy..? Now there’s a thought!
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