[Gig Review] Didirri @ The Islington 4th October

Photo Credit: Ian Laidlaw

Written by Aurora Krieger 

Having played in front of 14,000 people as a support act for Vance Joy a week earlier, Didirri declares that he was thrilled to return to a more intimate venue, such as The Islington in London, where he has kicked off his Measurements tour in the UK on Thursday, 4th October.

Upon his entry to the stage, the busy room instantly fell quiet. Without introduction, Didirri lets the music speak for itself, performing a song from his upcoming album. His youthful, yet slightly raspy voice and soft guitar playing quickly takes over the venue, setting a warm atmosphere and building anticipation for what is to come.

In a chatty and endearingly rambling fashion, Didirri leads the evening by explaining the motivation, thoughts and feelings embedded in each of his songs. To the delight of the audience, he reveals some of his worldviews, insights into his family life, and past experiences with former girlfriends.

Later, Didirri is joined by another guitarist and a bassist, deepening the previously established organic sound and adding extended guitar solos and ambience to the songs Randy Scouse Git and Bird Songs. Not least because of the musical communication between each member, the trio seems to reach an almost meditative state.  

Performing Blind You, Didirri masters the transition beautifully between energetic high volumes and quiet passages, artfully carrying the story of the song – a letter to his ex-girlfriend. In it, he hopes she will lead a happy life without him, a message difficult to express in the moment of ending a relationship.

Although every song is received enthusiastically by the audience, the night’s highlights are the songs Jude and new single I Can't Get Last Night Out Of My Head, which are his most popular and widely known releases so far due to being featured on Spotify’s Viral 50 UK Playlist.

Didirri ends the show with a quiet, soon to be released track. He explains that he wrote this song after having had a long and honest conversation with his sister over a cup of tea, feeling relaxed and at home. This atmosphere is evoked clearly in the reverb heavy number which revolves around a repeating guitar riff.

Didirri leaves the stage to rapturous applause, and spends time talking to his fans and giving free hugs afterwards. This punctuates the existing notion of the audience: above all, Didirri is an open-minded and kind-hearted young artist. He clearly displays his soul on stage, bringing his songs to life – maybe even more so than he does on the record.

Over the next few days he will be showcasing his talents in Manchester, Glasgow and Bristol, before heading to Europe’s mainland for the rest of October. Hopefully everyone leaving those venues will have the same cheerful demeanour as his audience this Thursday in The Islington.