Review: K.Flay @ Camden Assembly 27/6/17Written by Dan Brophy
The last time I saw K.Flay play was in 2016, supporting megastars PVRIS on their UK tour at London’s O2 Forum. Being one of the largest club venues in the city, this was a perfect introduction to the K.Flay live experience, which certainly did not disappoint. Tonight’s show takes place in the comparatively modest Camden Assembly; with a capacity of only 400, I was excited to see this artist in a more intimate setting, a room which the artist has sold out for two nights in a row. K.Flay and her backup instrumentalists took the stage to roaring applause before running straight into the set with ‘Giver’ taken from the artist’s latest LP Everywhere Is Somewhere. What followed was a diverse selection of tracks from K.Flay’s considerable back catalogue, albeit heavy on new material, all of which the sold out room showed passionate appreciation for. Whilst the room tonight was decidedly cosy, the energy of K.Flay and her band was definitely not attenuated. Huge crowd pleasers such as ‘High Enough’, ‘Wishing it Was You’ and ‘FML’ generated the best reactions from the assembly of hardcore fans, with ‘Flay herself head-banging and using the full amount of space available, with the lack of barricade enabling for a much more unfiltered experience. K.Flays’ between-song segues were also very enjoyable, proving herself to be both comical and topical and often providing background information to ideas being particular songs in the set; something I see rarely at shows. After ripping through tonight’s set, the voracious crowd chanted for several minutes hoping for an encore which the band acquiesced to with a rendition of two more new tracks: ‘Mean It’ and Everywhere Is Somewhere’s ‘Blood In The Cut’. Even after this, the crowd wanted more, and ‘Flay herself was able to enter the venue floor itself afterwards, thanking each and every member of the crowd for attending; again something rarely seen from artists of her calibre.
In closing, the fact that K.Flay was able to sell out a venue such as this for two nights in a row so quickly, along with the reception from the crowd tonight tells me that her next visit to UK shores will inhabit larger and larger venues, and perhaps sooner rather than later she may even headline the likes of the O2 Forum on her own… I am surprised this has not happened already.