Charli XCX Delivers Electric Performance With Special Guests at the Wiltern in Los Angeles: Recap

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Charli XCX performs at The Wiltern on Oct. 1, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Charli XCX effortlessly proved that she’s a pop icon in the making at her Los Angeles tour stop on Tuesday night (Oct. 1).

The singer, who was a regular in the east London warehouse scene as a teenager, brought the rave culture to a pop show, allowing for a compelling blend of light shows, colors, bubblegum late-90s fashion and, of course, Charli’s distinct vocal talent, dance moves and unique ability to hype up a whole room of concertgoers to the point where it felt less like the Wiltern in downtown LA and more like Electric Zoo music festival. The scene was complete with the fans themselves, who came dressed for the party in jackets with childhood cartoons on them, hair clips, mini skirts, chunky boots, mesh, neon, space bun hairstyles and tons of face glitter.

Charli’s two-hour set (below) was jam-packed with all the hits from her latest self-titled album, Charli, released last month, including “Cross You Out,” “Blame It on Your Love” and “Gone.” And since the album itself was full of features, the show was equally sprinkled with special guests. For “Unlock It” and the futuristic “Click,” the songstress brought out collaborator Kim Petras and the duo took turns spitting the lyrics in a cloud of smoke. Haim rolled up onstage for “Warm,” and opener Brooke Candy joined in for “Shake It.”  For “Vroom Vroom” off her 2016 EP of the same name, featuring lyrics describing her friends as “lookin' super cute and freaky,” the singer channeled the spooky energy of October and the upcoming Halloween holiday by bringing out a slew of dancers dressed as devils, Hocus Pocus witches, zombies and more for a real life monster mash.

With a talent like hers and a set like the one she performed, it would be easy for the songstress to steal the show. But a sweet theme throughout the night was Charli’s gratitude for others—those who have helped build who she is today, including her loved ones and musical collaborators. The concert opened with her British accent floating above the crowd through the speakers, promising (and delivering) to “blow your f—ing minds,” but also naming each of the features on her recent album to thank them, including Troye Sivan, CupcakKe, Lizzo, Sky Ferreira and Big Freedia, among others. Later on, she thanked her parents for being in the audience, and most powerfully, the LGBTQ community for being her biggest supporters. The genuine sense of appreciation was a touching soft spot among the high-energy set.

She ended the show with an encore featuring a handful of hits, including 2012 Icona Pop collab “I Love It,” “Boys,” known for its cameo-heavy music video, and “1999.”

Check out the rest of Charli XCX’s tour dates here, and see the full set list below.

Next Level Charli?
I Don’t Wanna Know
Vroom Vroom?
Cross You Out
February 2017
White Mercedes
Shake It
I Got It
Track 10/Blame It on Your Love
Silver Cross

Unlock It
I Love It


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