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01st Sep 2018

Electric Picnic 2018: Sigrid double bill stuns Stradbally

Dave Hanratty

Electric Picnic Sigrid

Tears stream as pop’s most relatable megastar soars even higher.

With the dust settled on day one at Electric Picnic 2018, it was time enough for another star to rise.

Norwegian pop sensation Sigrid has done quite a lot with a little thus far, quickly cementing a reputation as a genuine modern-day superstar.

Her mix of infectious confidence, down-to-earth personality and tightly-crafted songs has resulted in a meteoric ascent for a young artist who clearly has a great career ahead of her.

It’s often the early foundations that resonate for the hardcore fans, however, and Sigrid’s special guest turn at Other Voices on Saturday afternoon will go down as a real ‘I was there’ moment for many.

Stradbally’s intimate bespoke church proved a major house of worship as the 21-year-old held court.

Sigrid Other Voices

From her first skip upon this sacred stage, it was clear that this would be worth the woodland detour.

With just a keyboardist and backing singer for company, Sigrid casts a spell.

Her short set consists of established favourites – ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’, ‘Strangers’, ‘Raw’ – offered up in unique, heart-shaking fashion.

Indeed, it all proves too much for one disciple; the announcement of ‘Dynamite’ provokes a fan to tears as Sigrid dismounts the stage, instantly, to offer a consoling hug.

In between, she politely apologises for feedback, strains not to curse and playfully lambasts the faithful for requesting ‘Two Fish’; a track she was sure was removed from the Internet but hasn’t been, so get on that while you can.

As the sermon draws to a close, another voice roars out their love to the point that their throat likely won’t hold up until the sun goes down on Sunday.

90 minutes later, there she is again, dominating the Electric Arena, full band in tow, lights, music and magic all fighting for space.

This time it is she who is moved to tears, as a full house powers ‘Strangers’ back in full flow.

Honorary citizenship isn’t too far off if this keeps up.

*Main image by Ruth Medjber

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