Youth Blogger, Nathalie Coeln, reviewed (and photographed) the atmospheric Banks gig
A queue snaked around the Roundhouse as eager fans were been patiently waiting to catch Banks for the final show of her European tour. Performing songs from her previous album Goddess and newly released album The Altar, she delivered a mesmerising and heart-wrenching performance that left the crowd in awe.
After the release of several EPs and supporting The Weeknd on tour, Banks has now built a following of her own. Despite her reluctance to overshare or use social media, it’s easy to see why fans are begging for more.
Her success comes from her honesty and ability to touch upon sensitive subjects such as heartbreak and self-respect. Something all her fans seem able to connect with. The abstract dance routine that accompanied her throughout the show, added to the sultry and ethereal feel of her songs. A combination I love!
Her performance also offered an insight into her enigmatic persona and it’s impossible to not be struck by the fragility of her voice and menacing lyrics. Performing her song ‘Better’, Banks explained her need to connect with her fans and share her songwriting process, which she described as ‘always a step ahead of her own brain’. During this song, she asked the audience to put their phones away for the song’s duration. By keeping oversharing to a minimum – echoing the artist herself – the crowd was left with truly unforgettable memories.
Her fans were completely captivated and were still singing her songs as they left the venue.