PEERLESS featuring Dagny: Review


Last night’s PEERLESS event was certainly one not to be missed. Clearly the audience agreed as the event was completely sold out days in advance! The atmosphere was almost tangible as The Old Queens Head rapidly reached full capacity and spirits were high backstage as the talented artists prepared to grace the stage. The main attraction was Norwegian singer-songwriter Dagny, performing her first headline show in London, supported by Dead Cannons, Ella On The Run and Officer.

Opening the evening, Officer charmed the audience with his delicately entwined melodies. The set had an intimate and personal touch as he invited friends to harmonise with him on stage. The crowd too couldn’t help but sing along, creating even more layers to the songwriters delightful music.
Next to take the stage was Ella On The Run. The bands feel-good, synth-pop sound had the room dancing from the very first chord. Performing songs such as Golden Boys and This Is Not Love, the band seemed laid-back and completely at ease entertaining the eager crowd.
Bashfully climbing on stage amidst a tumultuous echo of cheers Dead Cannons launched into an energetic set. Fresh from a bustling show downstairs at The Garage in September, the crowd was treated to a truly electrifying show. The London-based four-piece delighted with the ridiculously catchy ‘Caterpillar Song’ as their finale with the audience excitedly chanting the chorus and dancing right at the foot of the stage.
After some last minute finishing touches, illuminating the stage with candles and fairy lights, Dagny, dressed in delicate lace and sparkles, greeted the audience. Accompanied by guitarist Richard, the pair were clearly overwhelmed by the reception they received. The pair’s musical proficiency is only outshone by how effortless they make it seem. As well as her outstanding vocal performance, Dagny also wowed on the glockenspiel and kazoo, injecting even more fun into the upbeat, folk-pop she is so known for. The connection between Dagny and her audience was genuine and touching as she snapped Polaroid pictures of her fans and taught everyone melodies to sing along to. Never was this more successful than when Dagny started to play ‘I Say’ and the crowd roared the lyrics right back. The crowd carried on singing the chorus of her last song even after the duo had slipped upstairs to their dressing room. Dagny left everyone wanting more and the crowd wouldn’t let them leave quietly as the lyrics resonated around the venue. The chorus continued a further four times before the lights came on and things finally began to simmer down.
As PEERLESS continues to go from strength to strength, we’re already culminating ideas for our next hand-picked line-up! Keep an eye out for announcements of which hot new artists PEERLESS will be showcasing next!

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