FKA Twigs’ Gives An Electrifying Performance At Her “Congregata” NYC Concert: Live Review

Bianca Gracie | May 19, 2015 11:46 am
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When FKA Twigs‘ Congregata shows (which are part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival’s month-long series of events) were first announced, it was quickly sold out. Luckily, I managed to snag a ticket to last night’s (May 18) concert at The Brooklyn Hanger, which ultimately turned out to be one of the best live performances I’ve ever witnessed.

The UK entertainer is already praised for her off-kilter sonics and dancing by us music critics that places Twigs in her own lane, which may lead many to be believe that she is just hype. But upon seeing the way she commands the stage in a live setting, you come to realize the hype is well deserved.

Twigs’ concert opened up like an ominous fairytale (think the Brothers Grimm), as a female violinist played an intricate melody that set the tone for the rest of the show. The warm lights then quickly rushes the stage with the UK starlet emerging from the clouds of smoke like the goddess that she is.

She saunters across the stage as she opens with “Hide,” off 2012’s EP1. Throughout her performance, Twigs locks in eye contact with the audience while moving like a demented ballerina — in the most awe-inspiring way, of course. No one is dancing like this anymore, especially not with the timing and delicate precision that she has. Twigs’ troupe of 12 dancers (a mix of Voguers, Krumpers, Bone-Breakers, and Contemporary) also deserve recognition. They provided a menacing element to the concert, as their heart-pounding moves helped to elevate Twigs slinky, ominous music.

Other tunes on the setlist included fan favorites like “Papi Pacify,” “Water Me” and “Video Girl,” as well as “Two Weeks” — the song that arguably catapulted Twigs into mainstream status.

One of the show’s highlight hands down goes to the Vogue segment, where NYC legends like House of Ninja’s Javier Ninja and House of Mizrahi’s Leiomy Mizrahi strutted, flipped and twirled like there was no tomorrow! The sea of finger snaps and “YASSSSS!!!” yelps from the audience helped to solidify their amazing talent.

I’m telling you this now — FKA Twigs is only going to become even more of a force as her career gets bigger. So be sure to purchase a ticket to a concert when she is in your city!

The Setlist Included:

“Water Me”
“Papi Pacify”
“Give Up”
“Video Girl”
“Glass & Patron”
“Two Weeks”

View some of the show’s highlights below, and let us know in the comments if you attended the concert last night!

@fkatwigs concert was amazing last night #RedBullNYC #FkaTwigs #Congregata

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FKA TWIGS killin the game @redbullmusicacademy A video posted by Annabelle Giletti (@annabellegiletti) on

Oh, and I’ve never cheered so much during a vogue-off.

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#fkatwigs #congregata #congregatanyc #vogue #icon #international #wonderwoman #nativny

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Photo Credit: Drew Gurian / Red Bull Content Pool

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