UK’s biggest rising pop star, Mabel, stopped in New York on her short U.S. tour run this past Thursday, and did not disappoint. Playing to a sold-out crow at Bowery Ballroom, Mabel showed up in a blue catsuit and knee-high leather platform boots, looking like the next heiress to the pop throne as she shook her way around the stage and got everyone in attendance to move with her all night long.
Coming off her newly-released debut album, High Expectations, Mabel performed the focus songs off of the album and a some songs from her Ivy To Roses Mixtape and older catalogue, too. Older songs included her cover of Drake’s “Passionfruit,” which the crowd passionately sang along to, her hit “Ring Ring” w/ Jax Jones, “Fine Line” and “Thinking of You.”
Check out our review of Mabel’s album High Expectations HERE.
Of all of the music that Mabel performed, the songs that really stuck out during the main set were her high energy tracks like “Bad Behaviour,” “Mad Love,” “Finders Keepers” and “Ring Ring.” Each of those tracks included her two backup dancers, which meant Mabel was performing choreographed dancing alongside them while singing. The choreography added an extra level of energy and excitement to the set.
Overall the set’s hits were spaced out well to keep the crowd engaged and excited about what was coming next. Of course, everything built to the finale, which included a passionate performance of “Mad Love” and the ultimate crowd-pleaser in “Don’t Call Me Up,” which Mabel credited as being the song that brought her across the pond on this tour in the first place. As the final song of the night and her most well-known track, you could actually feel the Bowery Ballroom floor shaking as fans danced and belted the words.
Mabel’s attitude over the course of the night was one of admiration and overwhelming joy, as she beamed on stage at the crowd’s continuously supportive reactions to everything she did. She teared up multiple times on stage due to the crowd’s energy and passion for her art, having to take breaks to collect her emotions between songs toward the end of the set. Fans in the crowd were genuinely ravenous in wanting to hear more from Mabel and showered her in praise.
This short tour is only the beginning for Mabel – if you can make it, we can’t encourage it enough to go see her show. There are a few West Coast dates left, but keep an eye out for this coming winter/spring cycle, when we expect Mabel might make a second trip back to the U.S. on a more extensive headline tour that should include even more bells and whistles when it rolls back around.