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London: Kate Nash

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If I ever have a daughter, I want her to listen to good music. I also want her to idolize Kate Nash. I went to one of Kate’s concerts on Saturday night, and it was a culmination of great music and pure joy.

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When Kate walked on stage, the room nearly erupted. And then she began to hum her first song  – everyone fell silent, mesmerized as Kate sang the somber opening of Lullaby for an Insomniac: “Another day goes by and I don’t wash my hair…”

From that moment on, I was fully committed to her performance. She was decked from head to toe in awesomeness, from her glittered eyelashes to her massive tutu of a dress.

I had always listened to the softer side of Kate’s music, but tonight she rocked. Literally, she thrashed about with her girl band like the lead in a metal band. One reviewer described it spot on, ‘Britney meets The Clash’. She was having a blast, and so was I.

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As the show went on, Kate talked to us like we were her friends, not just another audience and another show. You could see it in her eyes that she was genuinely trying to connect with her fans.

I spent that evening dancing while simultaneously pushing my way through people, all the best parts of a concert. By the end of the of it, I was a mere foot from the front guard rail, happier than ever to be there.

Kate took a minute, to throw a little speech in which ended with, “Don’t hang out with dickheads, life’s too short for that.” She followed that line with a song that she described as “a track for your shit friends.” And for good measure she threw in Vanessa Milano’s I’m a Bitch, I’m a Lover, a song I can’t seem to get tired of.

When she took the stage for the encore she played my absolute favorite song of hers, Merry Happy. It was the perfect ending to the night, and then confetti shot out of canons, seriously.

Couldn’t have asked for a better performance.

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I read Kate’s blog post in response to the show the next day, and she continued to inspire and amaze me…

Last night showed me that this is more than just being about a record, or music, one album, one song, one thing. It’s like a movement, and it’s about community and friendship, loyalty and empowerment. It’s not about exclusivity, it’s not about celebrity, or fame, it’s not about measuring success by the size of your wallet, or amount of twitter followers you have. This is about changing the world, each others lives, and revolution and inspiring as many people as we can to be themselves and be happy.”

It’s easy to get some drinks, spend five pounds, and go to a club every night, but it’s the experiences like this that will be ingrained in my mind for far longer. So, I’ll end this with a thank you to Kate Nash: thanks for sharing your night with me, thanks for inspiring me.

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