Usually a venue reserved for seasoned musicians, Youtube-star turned singer/songwriter Dodie played a sold out show at Camden’s, KOKO last month. Dorothy Clark – stage name, Dodie – is a rising internet phenomenon and is rapidly making a real name for herself within music industry. Just recently, her second EP, ‘You’ joined the UK charts’ top 10 and so upon securing a ticket to Dodie’s biggest show to date, I was absolutely thrilled.
The famous Camden venue begins to fill and everyone is bursting with anticipation to see how this internet star will perform to a room of 1500 people, not a lens. She opens with an instrumental, from her second EP ‘You’. Her simple stage set up – minimal lighting and a white background – really adds to the feel of intimacy and seemingly emphasises how grateful she is to be performing, this time not in her bedroom but instead to a sold-out show at one of London’s biggest venues.
Her third song, ‘In The Middle’ is rumoured to concern a threesome and is something she jokes about whilst introducing the track. The crowd uproars into screams, singing and chanting. Each lyric is sung by Dodie, with every audience member quickly following, with the atmosphere in the room being electric, every lyric sung held a different meaning behind it for every single person in the room.
After kicking off her setlist with an upbeat, funky tune, Dodie began to slow things down as performed ‘She’. ‘She’ is a song that Dodie has not officially released but it is at home on her YouTube channel ‘doddleoddle’. This song lies close to the LGBTQ+ community, with its inspiration being inspired by her realisation of her bisexuality. During this song, she borrowed a pride flag from the crowd and wrapped it around herself, while beautifully singing the lyrics into the crowd who sung the words straight back at her.
Following this slow song, Dodie performed her solo piano song; ‘When’ from her first debut EP. This opened up the crowd’s tear ducts, everyone around me was teary eyed or either sobbing. The song is about mental illness, and the question ‘when will I get better’. She often speaks about mental illness on her YouTube channel and other social media platforms, with it being a close issue to her heart.
Dodie left the wonderful evening on a light note, finishing with cheery, ‘Would You Be So Kind?’. Yellow and white balloons showered down from the ceiling, falling onto the crowd below. Everyone was in awe at her and the magnificent evening she put on. Dodie definitely outdid herself and lived up to the expectations of Camden’s KOKO. To say her headline London date was successful is an understatement; she did herself and her YouTube channel proud. You would never think she began by singing songs in her bedroom. Thank you Dodie.
Words Rose Jones