â€¦and it was, against my indie suspicions, pretty great.
YES, sheâ€™s only famous because her absent father is a somewhat detestable celebrity.
YES, due to said detestable celebrity genes, sheâ€™s not terribly attractive.
YES, itâ€™s throwaway summery pop, and those fawning broadsheet critics who have claimed otherwise will regret it in a few months.
But it was FUN â€“ sheâ€™s got a great stage presence, all her songs are good for tipsy dancing too, and her brass section in oversized baseball caps brought a party atmosphere to proceedings. â€˜Smileâ€™ is one of the weakest of her songs, and it was final song â€˜Alfieâ€™ which the audience had clearly been waiting for.
I had expected the audience to be made up of free-ticketed industry types, but in fact it was made up of 15 year old Lily clones, slightly suspect looking middle-aged men, Lilyâ€™s family (minus Keith), and my friends and I (less fashionable and older than most of the other females in the room, but the atmosphere was so decidedly uncool, it wasnâ€™t intimidating.)
CELEBRITY-SPOTTING: My friends and I were rather excited by seeing Reggie from TOTP in an MC Hammer T-shirt. Then, I went to the bar, and spotted someone that I thought was DiSer Rrrachel. I was about to go over and say hi, then was glad I didnâ€™t, as I realised that it was, in actual fact, Keira Knightley. Iâ€™ve never been impressed by her on-screen, but in real life she was BEAUTIFUL.
So yes, verdict, Lily Allen live = fun. Sorry.