Carly Rae Jepsen Review – Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

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Carly Rae Jepsen

Format: Gig
Genre: Pop
Performers: Carly Rae Jepsen & Georgia
Review Date: February 7 2020
Performance: February 7 2020
Location: Manchester 02 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
Duration: 120 Minutes
Age Rating: 14+

Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian pop singer best known for her single Call Me Maybe. The 34-year-old is currently on tour, performing songs from all of her well-loved albums, and here she performed live at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse. Before listening to her songs as part of my research, I didn’t know many of her songs as it’s not the genre I’m most acquainted with, but I really did enjoy the lively, bouncy sound of her music, and this meant that I also really enjoyed the gig as a whole.


Before Carly came on stage, there was a support act. At 8pm, the artist known as Georgia came on stage and started playing the drums, and people were going crazy. She then started singing, and that’s what really impressed me. I’ve heard that it’s very hard to sing and play the drums at the same time, so it’s not often that one person can make a whole room dance and sing. Her stage presence had the same energy as if there were a whole band on stage. She finished her set with a brilliant cover of the Kate Bush song Running Up That Hill, a song I have also covered, so that was a great moment.

At 9pm, the lights started flashing and a band walked out and took their places at their instruments. They began playing a song that the crowd instantly recognised, and everyone started cheering and chanting along to the beat. Soon after, Carly came out and gazed at the audience to huge cheers. She then started singing Run Away With Me, a song from her 2015 album Emotion. It was a great song to open with as it set the tone for the rest of the night, and straight away the crowd were jumping, with some even getting on shoulders to get a better look.

After around three songs, she played Call Me Maybe, and as you’d expect, the crowd cheered the loudest for that one. She also played Let’s Be Friends, which was just released yesterday and led to both her and this show trending on Twitter!


As I have said, before the gig, I wasn’t very familiar with Carly Rae Jepsen’s music, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, I really enjoyed the show. She had an incredible voice, as she sounded just like a record. She also danced a lot around the stage, engaging the whole audience.

After years of performing, it was very obvious that she still enjoys what she does. She puts the same amount of energy into every song. She also demonstrated a lot of love for Manchester, before playing her other hit single I Really Like You. She said “you know what, Manchester? I really, really, really, really, really, really like you!” I thought that was the perfect way to introduce that song. My favourite song that she played was one that I hadn’t heard before called Gimmie Love, again from her 2015 album Emotion. I definitely danced the most to that one!

She then did an encore, and as soon as she was off the stage, the crowd immediately began to stamp, cheer and whistle. Of course, she finally came back onto stage and went straight into another song; in fact, she played five more songs before finishing. In the space of an hour and fifty minutes, she played all of her most popular songs, as she really knew what the crowd wanted to hear. I know this because everyone around me knew every lyric to every song. She would also point the microphone towards the audience and they would sing the loudest the could, which created a magical atmosphere. She clearly has a lot of talent, and a lot of love for what she does so very well.


If given the opportunity, I would recommend going to see Carly Rae Jepsen, as you’re guaranteed a vibrant and fun-filled night!


Target Audience: Ages 14+
Content: Infrequent Mild Language
Recommendation: Yes
Overall Rating: 8/10 – Very Good

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