LIVE REVIEW: Baby Queen @ Newcastle University Students’ Union (05.11.23) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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On the eve of the release of her second album Quarter Life Crisis, Arabella Latham, known professionally as Baby Queen, bursts out onto the stage with energy and enthusiasm to the choir of excited fans eager to see what she has to offer. Wearing her signature look, a baggy t-shirt, sunglasses and pink hair, she leaps right in opening with the title track from the new album. She feeds off the crowd, often mounting the barrier to close the gap between herself and the fans.

The delay of the release of the album hasn’t deterred her or her fans from fully getting into the show. In fact, it made the night all the more special and intimate as it meant we were some of the lucky few to hear these tracks before anyone else. She talked about the thoughts and meanings behind the inspiration for the album, telling us that she considers it like a letter to her younger self. A reminder to be in love with who you are right now and to love your life. The extreme emotions of young adulthood play a poignant theme throughout, the negative and chaotic energy often felt paving way to the hopeful and wonderful energy of what the future holds.

Intertwined with tracks from the new album she made sure include all the hits and fan favourites that have brought her this far. The audience erupted when she played her biggest hit Buzzkill, singing every word back to her. Another highlight of the show was during I Can’t Get My Shit Together when her mic cut out, the crowd reacted instantly to carry her though to the end. 

Ending the show with We Can Be Anything finished the evening on a high, not just because of it being a huge anthem from the new album but of the message it holds, sending us home with bright optimism and a positive outlook.

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