Live Review: Charlotte Sands and support at Stylus, Leeds

Charlotte Sands brought her ‘Can We Start Over?’ tour to Leeds, with the venue being upgraded due to demand.

After catching our attention last year while opening for PVRIS and 5 Seconds of Summer, Charlotte Sands embraced the harsh British weather for her headline tour! 

Heading not just to the UK, but all around the world, the Can We Start Over tour set out to be one of the biggest milestones for Charlotte Sands, as selected shows were her first time headlining in some towns. The tour also included a set at Download Festival, the event of the year for alternative music fans.

Her Leeds show was originally meant to be in the iconic Key Club, but had to be upgraded to Stylus due to tickets being in such high demand.

A show that was close to sold out, and joined by Emi Jeen and AJA, the expectation for a great show was high. And of course, she didn’t let us down!

Emi Jeen came on first and brought energy and charisma to her set. She skipped onto stage, and never stopping once, sang her heart out.

She performed songs such as Other Side, Heart Attack and Congratulations on Your Breakup, and stole the hearts of the Leeds crowd. She even finished by involving the audience in a sing-along to No Emotion = No Tomorrow, before hanging around the merch stand to say hello. 

AJA was not long after. She had a Disney Channel style pop punk to her, which reminded me of Olivia Rodrigo. She performed songs such as Wasted Nights, Little Black Dress and Karma’s a Bitch.

AJA also involved the crowd in a couple of well done covers, Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield and Happier Than Ever by Billie Eilish, but in a style that more resembled Kelly Clarkson’s rendition.

The main act was worth the wait! Charlotte began her set in pitch black, singing Can We Start Over with blue lights flashing behind her on the drumbeats, and again when the music properly kicked in.

She performed older songs like Every Guy Ever, Dress and Rollercoaster. Of course, the set was mostly songs from her debut album that warranted the world tour, Can We Start Over?

In the middle of the set, Charlotte wanted the crowd to choose a couple of songs. She brought out a little, blue blinder that had stickers all over it, and every song she’d written inside. Except for one that she forgot. Tantrum. Of course, that’s what we wanted to hear. So, with the help of Google, she reminded herself of the lyrics. While the next song was picked, she treated us to the chorus of Special. The final song was Good Now.

After that break, the energy was raised again for the last few songs. The final two having the highest energy, the best reactions and some incredible guitar solos by guitarist, Dillon. The final two songs being Spite, one of my favourites, and Dress.

Charlotte is an incredible performer. She has high energy, she cares for her fans, and she is beyond talented. She has a strong voice, that was made to rock music, and a personality that was made for the stage. She spoke to the crowd with so much love, exciting over the wild rabbits you can find around Leeds University and responding to our beloved ‘Yorkshire Chant’ with ‘Yorkshire! Like the tea!’. 

Which was nice, as usually artists from across the pond think we’re chanting ‘you’re sh*t’.  

Vicki Evans

June 20, 2024

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