Written and Captured By | Morris Shamah
Scarlet Pleasure rolled into London on Friday night to bring their funk-pop vibes to Lafayette London in Kings Cross.
North London’s Ashainë White who’s debut EP, “Ash,” was released earlier this year, opened for the Danish trio. Ashainë quickly won over the crowd during her 5 song set, which included her entire EP along with a cover of Here Comes The Sun. The warmth of her intimate and familiar stage presence played perfectly to the respectful audience, who were as open on the floor as she was on stage. Ever confident and patient, Ashainë took the time to spell her name before leaving the stage, and could be found immediately after her set at the merch stand, selling her own totes and stickers.
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Scarlet Pleasure took the stage promptly at 8:45pm. The house music played before their set included Hurtige Hænder by Danish rock group The Minds of 99, which went down overwhelmingly well with the clearly majority-Scandinavian crowd.
Scarlet Pleasure is fronted by Emil Goll and his infectious thousand watt smile. Bouncing all over the stage, Emil and bassist Alexander Malone did an incredible job of matching the crowd’s energy throughout the whole evening. “We see some familiar faces” commented Emil early on, making it clear to everyone that while we were in London, the night would have hometown house party energy.
The trio, rounded out by drummer Joachim Dencker, were joined by two touring guitarists. Aside from one solo number, “Reflection,” which was performed by Emil alone on electric guitar, the five of them played in harmony all evening, providing the perfect amount of live musicianship to back up Emil’s fantastic crowd work.
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Not that the crowd needed much encouragement, as they were there with all the right intentions. Lafayette was only half-full, but it was certainly the right half – every one of the 330 attendees was dancing, laughing, singing along and capturing the moment on their phones. Emil was more than happy to play along, grabbing more than one phone to film himself live from the stage, while singalongs on crowd pleasers like 24/7 and Good Together gave the crowd plenty of opportunity to perform alongside him. By the end of the 17-song, hour-long set, there wasn’t a single person in the building who hadn’t had an excellent night of Scandi joy.
Photos By | Morris Shamah