At just 21 years old, it’s amazing that Zara Larsson has been a well-known and successful recording artist for the last seven years. She had her first commercial success in 2012 across the Atlantic with her chart-topping single “Uncover,” put out a full four years after becoming the youngest person to ever win Sweden’s Talang, the country’s version of “Got Talent.”
Now on her first ever US-tour as a headliner, Larsson brought a fully-developed sound and show to NYC’s Irving Plaza on May 9th. The show was electric from the very beginning, as Zara began perched atop a tiered stage setup while her live band began playing “Symphony,” perhaps her most well-known pop hit to date. She didn’t hold anything back throughout the set, which was complete with her choreographed dancing alongside two backup dancers. There were deliberate and made-for-live dance breakdowns tacked on to the end of a handful of Larsson’s songs, which made for exciting moments as fans were able to truly see Zara’s pop-star-power on display.
Her fun songs, excellent setlist, dancing and great energy from the crowd all made for what I can say was the best show I’ve seen in 2019 – and I’ve been to 45 concerts this year. If you get the chance to see her in your city, make sure you buy a ticket and get there early – because Larsson’s not the only reason the show was great – fans effectively got two headline sets in one.
Larsson’s set was excellent, and so was her opener, Astrid S. By the look and sound of it, you would have thought the fans came for the now 22-year-old Astrid in her own right; the crowd at Irving Plaza was already at-capacity fifteen minutes before Astrid took the stage at 8PM.
Picking a setlist of her most popular songs, Astrid rocked the mic like a veteran on stage, belting and smiling as she traversed the front of the stage like a veteran. She commanded the crowd, who listened to her every queue, from phone-lighters to jumping, and getting their hands in the air whenever Astrid said so. Fans knew every word to her set, even her newest single “Someone New” (featured on our Early Bird Radio playlist) and Astrid’s music and her live show continue to grow at every turn, and everything she does should be considered can’t-miss at this point.