Charli XCX is the new princess of pop. Her career began two years ago, when, aged 20, she wrote the mega-hit “I Don’t Care” for Swedish duo Icona Pop while also releasing her own debut album, True Romance. Then last summer, she stormed the charts with catchy number “Boom Clap”, which sold a million copies in the US alone. Charli’s recipe for a hit is an electronic track with elements of punk and pop and lyrics bursting with youthful exuberance.
On Thursday night the feisty singer-songwriter is set to smash her headline set at Red Bull Studios Future Underground. Charli has selected the artists and DJs who will support her on the night; featured on the roster are New York based duo Lion Babe whose recent single “Wonder Woman” was produced by Pharrell Williams, solo artist CuckooLander who has previously toured as part of Charli XCX’s band, and a DJ set from RIVRS, who all complete the fast paced line-up that will take over London.
Red Bull Studios Future Underground is an event that spans across three nights of music hosted by artists that share Red Bull’s sense of adventure and rebellion. It will bring a new generation of Londoners together and remind them that this city is theirs and it’s ready for them. Recognising and rewarding the spontaneity of young London, the line-up for each night is made public only 24 hours in advance.
Exclusive codes to redeem tickets for tonight’s event will now be shared across a variety of social accounts over the next 24 hours – to find out who currently has a batch of codes to invite lucky Londoners to scoop up a pair of tickets, check www.redbull.com/futureunderground and keep an eye on @RedBullUK. Tickets will be £5 each and all proceeds will go to the spinal injury charity Wings For Life.
Red Bull Studios Future Underground
Charli XCX, Lion Babe, CuckooLander + RIVRS DJs
Thursday, 10th September 2015, 7pm
Collins Music Hall, Islington Green, Essex Road, N1 2XN
Here Charli tells us which songs inspired her as she was writing her current album Sucker.
1 Britney Spears: “…Baby One More Time”
“This was the first Britney song I heard, the first music video I really connected with and felt totally mind-blown by. I was seven and it was her vocal, her outfit, the video, the track… all of it. I wanted to be her. It was then that I decided I wanted to be in the music industry. Then I discovered the Spice Girls soon after and it was settled.”
2 Weezer: “Beverly Hills”
“This feels like a bad-ass rap song. The lyrics are so boozy, the tempo’s great, the video was shot at the Playboy Mansion, everything about it is cool. I wanted some of that on Sucker, so I invited Weezer vocalist Rivers Cuomo to join me in the studio. His knowledge is phenomenal and I love the track Hanging Around we wrote together.”
3 The Flying Lizards: “Money”
“I’m such a big fan of this track I actually play it live in my set. It’s been part of my repertoirefor years. The original Money is an old blues track, but the electronic version this experimental rock outfit came up with in 1979 sounds like future robots performing. It sounds so futuristic, but so old at the same time. I really love it.”
4 Sophie: “Hard”
“Sophie is incredible. He’s a next-level producer. His tracks sound super-futuristic to me, especially this one – it’s like pop music straight from Mars. Not only is he very talented musically, but he’s an amazing visionary. He lives behind this Sophie pseudonym and no one knows who he is. That anonymity intrigues me. I’d love to work with him.”
5 Dizzee Rascal: “I Luv U”
“This classic came out 12 years ago, but still sounds so relevant. I was a big fan of Boy In Da Corner, the album this is taken from, but then I forgot about it until someone on the tour bus put it on recently and I got completely into it again. I love the way Dizzee raps. It’s raw, quick and witty. This record has serious longevity.”