LIVE REVIEW: LIGHTS GETS INTIMATE WITH HER SKIN & EARTH ACOUSTIC TOUR


Photo by: Matt Barnes
With recently releasing an acoustic version of her 2017 project Skin & Earth this past month, the initial project was a pivotal point in Lights' career, as it created a life force far beyond than just being another album. Accompanied by a series of comic books with the same name, the record was a beautifully-executed visual and auditory exploration into a post-apocalyptic world via interactive and coinciding singles and illustrations.
On her last tour - in support of her Juno Award-Winning Skin & Earth, Lights capped off her shows in London, Ontario. At the second show into her Skin & Earth Acoustic tour, the electro alt-pop artist returned to deliver acoustic renditions of her tracks in a more toned down, intimate setting at the London Music Hall.

Before Lights graced the stage, fans were treated to self-proclaimed anti-pop from the evening's opening act, tiLLie. She received a warm welcome when she announced it was her first time playing in Canada and laughed along as she connected with the crowd, telling stories about Target, past relationships and feminism. Like Lights, tiLLie typically plays with a full band but performed stripped-down versions of songs from her new EP Loud Mouth and a cover of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

The lights were dim, and the stage was softly-lit, a front of a full house of seated fans - in the space where concert-goers usually stand in the venue. Greeting her fans with an ear to ear smile as she walked to center-stage, Lights started off her set with her acoustic album's opening song "Skydiving."

Accompanied by a strings section and band-mates, her acoustic performances were stunningly charismatic and captivating. Between tracks, she took the time to interact with fans throughout the show - early on, urging the crowd to "sing as loud as they want, cry as loud as they want and to dance with every part of their bodies." She also took a second to give a special shout out to a fan seated in the front row who had also been at her tour opener two days prior in Chicago. Midway through her set list of Skin & Earth songs, Lights took fans back to her earlier days with "Toes" and "Drive My Soul."

It is no surprise that she has predominately sold out every date as her London show was nothing short of mesmerizing - bringing a sense of unity and harmony under one roof. In honour of the Skin & Earth Acoustic tour, Lights has partnered with PLUS1, so that $1 from every ticket sold will go to support Équiterre and their work, providing solutions to accelerate the transition towards a society in which individuals, organizations and governments make ecological choices that are both healthy and equitable.

Lights has proven herself as a genuine artist – and human being, time and time again - from her music to her comics, to her philanthropy to her true connection with fans across the globe.






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