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Janelle Monáe review – atomic energy from this flawless performer

O2 Brixton Academy, LondonJanelle Monae, Brixton Academy, London, by Aaron Lee, 09052014, 01 (1448x815)Waiting outside the Brixton Academy on the eve of Janelle Monàe’s sell-out show, the scene resembled more of a fashion parade than a concert for a lady who is undoubtedly one of the finest talents to emerge since the golden age of soul music.

Monáe’s fans – self-proclaimed ‘fandroids’ – were out in force. Girls strutted around in striped leggings, while others had donned tuxedos and bow ties, their hair whipped into the icon afro-hawk of their idol. Most of the gents, too, had swapped casual polo necks for suits, braces and shoes. The sight of all this, the effort, the enthusiasm to get wrapped up in the artist’s world, it was unlike any concert I’d been to before. And it only heightened the anticipation for the coming show.