Words by Constance.
I’ve always been a huge fan of La Femme – the French punk rockers with impeccable style, when I heard they were playing in London I just had to get myself to the front row. But I was being a bit cheeky and tried to find the cheapest possible tickets, I ended up using DICE. It’s free to download for iOS and Android and has tickets for nights in London, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow and Cardiff. They sometimes even have partnerships with artists like Disclosure and also feature festivals. Plus it’s a beautifully designed gig-listings service with no booking fees!
La Femme were headlining at KOKO in Camden, a venue I hadn’t been to before, and surprisingly hadn’t even heard of. I did not expect it to be that amazing: it’s big but not too big, old but not too old and extremely well refurbished. Drinks are fairly priced, and the various floors give you an amazing view on the scene and stage. I immediately felt hyped by the atmosphere. La Femme is a fun not-so-serious band and I could already tell that KOKO was going to be the perfect backdrop to this night.
Before La Femme was Bon Voyage (French as well), who I was very glad to discover: they immediately set the the vibe off right and had so much energy that the audience was already dancing to songs they never heard before. Check their SoundCloud out here.
Then came La Femme. They played their famous tunes, with French lyrics, and it was funny to see non-French speakers actually singing along. People were dancing, all together, and the atmosphere was lush. I must say that I prefer them on stage than on Spotify. They are also quite funny and pleasant to watch with their cool choreographies and good overall aesthetics.
After all was said and done, we had watched a couple of quirky French bands, transcend the language barrier completely rock the party, and play in what I have subsequently learnt is one of London’s iconic venues. I’ll be going back for sure.