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Dodie and Tessa Violet perform quirky, bright sets to a packed house at Brooklyn Steel

Saturday night almost 2,000 fans of Dodie and Tessa Violet lined up outside of Brooklyn Steel in anticipation the sold out show. This was the second stop of the 14 date North American tour. Before the show started, I found myself amazed at the amount of dresses and faces covered in glitter and silver star stickers.

The show started with Tessa Violet, an indie pop artist previously known as Meekakitty. The United States based musician draws in lots of fans from her youtube channel with 1.4 million subscribers. The crowd was very energetic and knew the lyrics to every song. Although most of her songs have an overarching theme of sadness, most are also quite upbeat. Jokingly describing herself as the hype man for Dodie, she said “you guys need to be as hype as possible but also as sad as possible.” Tessa sang both old favorites as well as some unreleased songs from her upcoming album called “Bad Ideas,” including her new single, “Crush” that’s available now.

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Tessa Violet

The enthusiastic crowd continued their energy for Dodie. The English singer-songwriter walked on stage wearing a long, gray, lace dress, frilly socks, and had glitter and star stickers under her eyes, the obvious source of inspiration for the fans’ fun outfits. Dodie is also known for her youtube channels, doddleoddle and doddlevloggle, where she shares musical content as well as vlogs about her life with her 1.7 million subscribers. Dodie has always been very open about her emotions and personal struggles, both in her online content and her music. Because of this, she’s turned some bad experiences into something beautiful and very relatable for many people. Her fans are all very passionate and seem to have a very close connection to her and her music.

In her songs “Rainbow” and “She,” Dodie celebrates her bisexuality and discusses the shame that is often felt around being a member of the LGBTQ+ community. During these songs, the entire crowd held up different colored pieces of paper to their flashlights on their phones, creating a very surreal moment and filling the room with rainbow colored lights.

As Dodie introduced her song “Secret for the Mad,” she said “most of these songs were written when i was in a very dark place, but this was written when i was coming out of it. I look into the crowd and I see familiar faces. By that, I don’t mean people that I’ve seen before, but a certain look. I’m sorry if you relate and understand and are in that place, but I promise you it gets better.” In this song, she talks about a very real experience of depression and encourages others to push through it and see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The night ended with an extended version of a more upbeat and lively song called “In The Middle” and a fun dance party with her band to Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline.

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Taylor Lyon
Taylor Lyon is a 20 year old photographer residing in Brooklyn, New York. She has been pursuing photography for 6 years and currently focuses on music, lifestyle, and fine art photography. More work at tadlphotos.com.

Dodie and Tessa Violet perform quirky, bright sets to a packed house at Brooklyn Steel

Saturday night almost 2,000 fans of Dodie and Tessa Violet lined up outside of Brooklyn Steel in anticipation the sold out show. This was the second stop of the 14 date North American tour. Before the show started, I found myself amazed at the amount of dresses and faces covered in glitter and silver star stickers.

The show started with Tessa Violet, an indie pop artist previously known as Meekakitty. The United States based musician draws in lots of fans from her youtube channel with 1.4 million subscribers. The crowd was very energetic and knew the lyrics to every song. Although most of her songs have an overarching theme of sadness, most are also quite upbeat. Jokingly describing herself as the hype man for Dodie, she said “you guys need to be as hype as possible but also as sad as possible.” Tessa sang both old favorites as well as some unreleased songs from her upcoming album called “Bad Ideas,” including her new single, “Crush” that’s available now.

Dodie

Tessa Violet

The enthusiastic crowd continued their energy for Dodie. The English singer-songwriter walked on stage wearing a long, gray, lace dress, frilly socks, and had glitter and star stickers under her eyes, the obvious source of inspiration for the fans’ fun outfits. Dodie is also known for her youtube channels, doddleoddle and doddlevloggle, where she shares musical content as well as vlogs about her life with her 1.7 million subscribers. Dodie has always been very open about her emotions and personal struggles, both in her online content and her music. Because of this, she’s turned some bad experiences into something beautiful and very relatable for many people. Her fans are all very passionate and seem to have a very close connection to her and her music.

In her songs “Rainbow” and “She,” Dodie celebrates her bisexuality and discusses the shame that is often felt around being a member of the LGBTQ+ community. During these songs, the entire crowd held up different colored pieces of paper to their flashlights on their phones, creating a very surreal moment and filling the room with rainbow colored lights.

As Dodie introduced her song “Secret for the Mad,” she said “most of these songs were written when i was in a very dark place, but this was written when i was coming out of it. I look into the crowd and I see familiar faces. By that, I don’t mean people that I’ve seen before, but a certain look. I’m sorry if you relate and understand and are in that place, but I promise you it gets better.” In this song, she talks about a very real experience of depression and encourages others to push through it and see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The night ended with an extended version of a more upbeat and lively song called “In The Middle” and a fun dance party with her band to Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline.

Tessa Violet

Tessa Violet

Tessa Violet

Tessa Violet

Tessa Violet

Tessa Violet

Tessa Violet

Dodie

Dodie

Dodie

Dodie

Dodie

Dodie

Dodie

Dodie

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