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Charli XCX: Concorde 2, Brighton

Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 25 March 2015

"BRIGHTON, put your fucking middle fingers up!" are Charli XCX's first words as she launches her first UK tour as headliner. Brighton needs no encouragement: fingers stay raised throughout the stomping opening song, 'Sucker' — essentially a gabble of shouted verses climaxing in the chorus "Fuck you, sucker!" Backed by a female band called Charli's Angels — they're wearing wings to prove it — she's a juddering energy field, whipping the audience up until the final crescendoing "suckerrrr!"

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