Most French acts would feel intimated by their first gig in a country that doesn’t speak French. Thankfully, Twin Twin are not like most acts. With Eurovision behind them and a documentary in the bag to boot, the trio owned the stage on Monday evening during their London debut at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen.
Lead singer Lorent identified the language issue immediately, telling the fairly large crowd to simply dance if they couldn’t understand the lyrics. It was no trouble in the end anyway, thanks to the trio’s sheer enthusiasm and energy.
Working through most of the songs from their 2013 album “Vive La Vie“, as well as their “By My Side” EP, the group kept the audience involved and had them singing along where possible. Slotting the fan-pleasing “Moustache” into the middle of their set was perhaps a risky move. But by that point they had already won over any doubters in the crowd. There was no chance anyone was staying just for that one song.
The mammoth stage at Eurovision seemed to swallow the group—and much of their insouciance and bravado. But the band looked much more at home on this smaller stage in London. Fans were willing to go along with them and happily chanted “Oh Yeah!” at any mention of the band’s name. Twin Twin’s magic derives partly from their personality and good vibes. A smaller setting lets everyone feel it much more intensely.
Amid chants on “encore”, the boys performed “Moustache” again to close out their set. This event may have been free, but there’s no doubt that this was a gig worth paying for.