Live Review: Mabel - O2 Kentish Town Forum, London 25/04/2018
Despite not having an album out, the name Mabel is already a household one, and having spent seven weeks on the road, it felt like it all led to this. A massive headline show at O2 Kentish Town Forum, which has gracefully and easily sold out!
Grace Carter is here to kick off the night, and despite this crowd being purely for Mabel, she held herself well. She is a rising star the making, having supported Dua Lipa and Dermont Kennedy recently. Her track 'Silhouette' carries all the way to the back of the venue, with everyone focusing on her amazing vocals, Grace Carter is certainly a name to keep you eye on in the coming months. There is just something raw about her that you can't help but love.
Now it is Mabel-time!!!
She storms the stage to a roar of screams from the sold out crowd, and with just a few songs under her belt, this felt like a full blown career spanning twenty years set list! With fans singing every word back to her! For a tiny lady, she owns the stage, because she is on her London home turf.
She runs off stage for a quick costume change and is joined on stage with Not3s, to pair up on her tracks 'Fine Line' and 'My Lover', which sends the room into a complete frenzy. These tracks are both dominated the charts and radio air play over the past few months, but seeing on stage, with the two of them together, it is something magical. Plus with the energy of the crowd behind them, it was certainly one of those career moments for Mabel.
Finishing off the evening with smash hit 'Finders Keepers', the track she tells the crowd changed her life. “The label was unsure, but you guys proved them wrong”. This proves to us she is a woman in control of her world, and it has certainly paid off with this sold out performance. All we have to do now is wait for the album to come out, and we will see Mabel going from a Radio 1 artist to a massive worldwide superstar.
Words and Photography by Ant Adams