On this Monday 9th October, the Islington venue is packed, ready to get the American singer in her lovely pink dress. In the crowd, everybody is ready to see the very political Scene Queen eating up the whole stage in a fiery performance: it is time for a live report.
Representing the Bimbocore movement – a fitting neologism smashing bimbo and hardcore together in a wonderfully fitting way – Scene Queen invited, as her opening acts, Delilah Bon and In Her Own Words. So, before jumping to the main act, let’s enjoy them.
Delilah Bon rises up from darkness with an unmatched energy. Along with her DJ and bass player, the British producer and her impeccable flow is walking on stage with the flamboyant slime and her characteristic rage. The Punk-Brat, as she describes herself, doesn’t more than two seconds to win the crowd’s heart – it’s just the amount of time for everybody to touch the earth again after the mind-blowing first words. Also brave and keen to make her act political, Delilah Bon is very clear: she will support the LGBTQIA+ community until the end. It’s sublime.
Unifier, she sings, raps, and screams with her voice always just, always slightly huskier than you thought, about how the unity amongst women, the LGBTQIA+ community, and the Global Majority is essential to fight against social injustice and inequalities. And it’s not a gimmick. She does it with a flame raging in both her eyes and her voice. The incredible Delilah Bon closes her set with Godzilla, a freestyle cover of Eminem’s track, changing into Feminem.
A magistral lesson from start to finish.
When the lights are changing, the band also changes. It’s time for the American band In Her Own Words to invade the stage. Their pop-punk might be classic, but it is efficient, and the band gets some really moving and upbeat tracks out. Given the evening’s line-up, some could ask why a classic guys’ band has been invited to play between Delilah Bon and Scene Queen.
The answer is pretty simple: it’s a good band. And rejecting them on the basis of their gender goes against the two singers’ values. For In Her Own Words, it’s also a very cool moment for them to tour with a crew with a female and non-binary majority. It’s different and feels great, as they say. We agree. A couple of softer tracks later, Scene Queen walks on stage.
Bimbocore to the end of her nails, Scene Queen doesn’t go halfway, and the energy and volumes go up along the set. She goes to the point of removing her earpiece before crowd-surfing, despite the security warning that the next one overdoing it would be taken out.
Now, about Bimbocore. Hardcore bimbo and bimbo hardcore, this is the perfect way to describe Scene Queen. Girly, Barbie-like, the bimbocores are also into extreme music like punk, metal, and hardcore rap, without ever rejecting everything else they love. With their strong values, the bimbocores generally are assertive about gender equality, independence, and freedom.
It is a political aesthetic
In her baby pink dress, and matching boots, the American singer is raging, having fun and, as it’s her turn, brings unity. Those here for her feel seen. Tonight, in front of her, it is the community she dreamt of, her band of misfits that she decided to induct into her sorority, BBΠ (Bimbo, Beta, Pi) – despite the fact there are no such things in the UK.
In her Pop moments, she doesn’t hesitate to show a different aspect of her singing, sometimes more rap, sometimes more lyrical. It’s still a metal gig, and the pit seems to be set on fire in the middle of the room. After her duet with Joey Fleming from In Her Own Words for the very fun Barbie & Ken, she also invites London-based indie artist Girli at the end of the set for a very feminine pink and very expected Pink Panther. Gorgeous.
The gallons of sweat lost that night might not get the US and UK governments to take better actions on matters talked about that evening by the bands, but it is undeniable proof that the audience is there for those matters, present, attentive, concerned… and caring.