Icona Pop performed at the House of Blues Orlando on August 16, 2013. It was the last concert of the summer before school started back up again. Combine the concert with a Friday night and plethora of teens and tweens packing in the first floor which creates a celebration to help the students end the summer with a dance party.
It just was not the younger generation for as most of the younger ones arrived with an older adult to watch over them. They were given the option to purchase a ticket to sit up in the loge on the second level of which most of them opted-in for because it would give them a prime opportunity to watch over the younger one(s) that they brought to the show.
The evening began with Sirah opening the show. She had little room to perform on the cluttered stage and was mostly confined to the very edge of it. It was obvious that Sirah struggled throughout her entire set. “Can I get some water, please?” she stated after her first song. It appeared though that she never got her request fulfilled. The sound system was muffled for almost her entire set. It was definitely an unfair advantage for Sirah until the sound personnel equalized out the tones.
K. Flay was up next. Dressed in black jeans and a black leather jacket she bounced from one side of the stage to the other side using up as much property as she could to get the crowd excited for Icona Pop. The Stanford graduate spit out her lyrics with clear and precise continuity with her mixed beats highlighting her soft but rich vocals. The sound system was finally putting out hard beats while complimenting K. Flay’s spitting rhymes. Her latest EP, “What If It Is” (RCA Records) was just released on August 6, 2013. K. Flay’s stardom will be coming quicker than she thinks as her latest tracks get discovered.
Icona Pop (Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt) can be heard all over almost any pop radio station. Listen to any top 20 station and more than likely one of their songs (I Love It) will infect your mind as you continue to hum one of their tunes well after they are done playing. The stage was set up with a DJ booth in the back middle while two mirror-like objects symmetrically equalized the stage on each side. They started a new form of live electronic dance music by spinning their own songs and performing them live. They are the DJs, the singers, the performers, and the dancers. That’s a lot to pull off and perfect it all at the same time and they did just that.
Icona Pop’s debut album “This Is… Icona Pop” is slated to be released on September 24, 2013.