Review & Photos – Kate Nash; 100 Club, London [Live]

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What better way to round of a sun drenched day in London town than to head to one of the capital's best loved and historic music venues, The 100 Club, to catch Kate Nash on the last date of her UK tour before she leaves our shores to tour further afield.

Ahead of the gig I hadn't really given Kate Nash's third album Girl Talk a proper listen, skimming over a few tracks and turning my nose up at her cover of Fidlar's 'Cocaine' which she re-worked as 'Girl Gang.' Turns out that actually I shouldn't have been so quick to dismiss it, because what Kate Nash has done with her new album Girl Talk is strip everything back to basics, straight up rock and roll with honest and whimsical lyrical stories. And this concept becomes even more apparent in the live context.

WATCH | Kate Nash - 'Girl Gang'

Last night at London's 100 Club, Kate Nash and her all girl band took to the stage and, despite the guitars drowning out Kate's vocals a fair bit, they rocked the place hard! I wasn't sure what to expect from the show really, but it certainly kept me entertained and soaked in sweat! The atmosphere was bubbling as things kicked off with a teasingly sexy video of Kate singing The Blow Monkey's 'You Don't Own Me' played out on the retro TV's on the stage. Kate Nash was met with rapturous applause as her and the band bolted out onto the stage. As Kate ploughed through new hits like "3AM" and "Deathproof;" filled with punk-rock riffs, slicing guitars, straight up rock and roll beats and more energy than a bag of cat's she also maintained a great rapport with the crowd, regaling us with stories about her hissy fits as a kid and her strong feminist views as she encouraged more women to get in to music, which ties in nicely to Because I Am A Girl, the charity which Kate Nash strongly supports.

WATCH | The Tuts - 'I Call You Up'

I only caught the last track from support band The Tuts, but boy do I regret that. Clearly Kate Nash, her band and The Tuts have built up a great relationship on the road over the last few weeks and this all came to an emotional head last night, the final night of the UK tour, as the girls from The Tuts played their part in Kate Nash's set too, joining her on stage for 'Girl Gang.' Actually half the audience jumped up on stage for that one too, it was a great moment! And with lead Tut Nadia stage diving left, right and centre (and into my nose at one point) they definitely added to the already electric atmosphere of the night.

WATCH | Kate Nash - 'Foundations'

Gone are the days of the overly produced and overly polished chintzy pop-rock tracks from Kate Nash, although she did treat the crowd to classics like 'Foundations' and 'We Get On.' Instead, those tracks have also developed into her more current, rockier sound. One highlight of the night was 'Mariella' taken from Kate Nash's début album Made Of Bricks, an honest and amusing look at everything Kate Nash isn't, starting it off with an amusing story about kicking her mum in the face as a accident of course! And her mum and dad where in the crowd too....and her sister if I'm not mistaken!

WATCH | Kate Nash - 'OMYGOD'

Other highlights of the night included 'OMYGOD,' which The Tuts were pleased about...clearly they've all bonded over this track too. Also 'Kiss That Grrrl,' 'Sister' and 'Underestimate The Girl'; before which Kate Nash had some banter about how the tabloids have distorted everything and how it's so hard to be a woman with all the conflicting ideals that are thrown at us on a daily basis. Couldn't have said it better myself. Kate is a true feminist...girl power!

Oh....and also, a cheeky little cover of Meredith Brooks' 'Bitch' went down a right treat! Check out this video from her Bowery Ballroom show a while back.

WATCH | Kate Nash - 'Bitch' [Live]

I felt like I'd stepped back in time last night with the infamous stage of The 100 Club dressed in old amps and TV's, Kate Nash's old punky rock and roll with a modern slant on the world, with the band's beaten up instruments...nothing mattered, it was all about the atmosphere and it was on fire!

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