Arlo Parks in Dublin review: An energetic, intimate performance to kick off her tour

Published date06 September 2023
AuthorRebecca Daly
Publication titleIrish Times: Web Edition Articles (Dublin, Ireland)
3Olympia, Dublin

★★★★☆

"I feel like Arlo Parks fans are pretty chill," says one person in a queue at the 3Olympia before the English singer-songwriter's gig on Tuesday.

It's the first night of the Mercury Prize winner's tour, which will stop off in Manchester, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Paris and London, and "pretty chill" seems like a fair assessment of a crowd who spend most of the evening swaying to Parks's indie-pop-with-rock-riff tunes, breaking this trance only to wave their arms, jump or clap when encouraged.

Don't mistake this swaying for lack of appreciation, though – whenever Parks takes a well-earned breather between songs, shouts of "You're beautiful!" or "Love you!," can be heard.

For Parks herself, "chill" could not be further from the truth. She bounces around the stage, throwing in some dance moves, pointing and waving. Despite this, she later tells the audience she's not much of a dancer and asks them to dance to her hit Too Good. They gladly obey, and the swaying intensifies. The appreciation appears to be mutual, as Parks – aka Anaïs Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho – beams and tells the audience, "You guys are so sweet to me."

The 23-year-old Londoner, who is now based in Los Angeles, could be considered the embodiment of youth culture today, down to her style and her lyrics about mental health, love triangles and being terrified of change (and of turning 24, as she sings in Purple Phase). She appears to feel every word of her performance deeply, as if reliving the emotions they bring.

The gig feels quite intimate, as Parks looks into the faces of the people in the front row and smiles whenever she gets the chance. This is helped by the lights that come on just above the crowd when she speaks: they also break down the barrier...

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