Natalie Imbruglia – O2 Institute Birmingham 17th May 2017

‘I want to travel through time, see your surprise, hold you so tight, I’m counting down the days’ Well last night did feel like I time travelled back to the 90s.

Natalie Imbruglia was my fashion icon back in the late 1990s with the short messy hair, combats trousers and hoodies…but she grew up (now longer hair, a black dress and a leather jacket) and I stayed in the 1997 with my hoodie.  I’m sure we look-alike when I look in the mirror but that’s one of my many delusions along with being rich and able to speak fluent French, as somehow no one else can see our likeness.

1997 was when ‘Torn’ came out, which means I have known my hair stylist for 20 years as the local one couldn’t get the ‘Natalie’ cut right and I went to Toni & Guy for my first proper cut.  Also it’s probably around 18/19 years since I saw Natalie at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, I can’t find the ticket to confirm and Google and Timehop doesn’t go back that far, I can’t even find the photos. Yes printed photos kids!  The ones where you had to wait two weeks for them to be developed to see if they turned out ok.

The O2 Institute Birmingham was more intimate than the Civic for this cool little acoustic show, it felt like a greatest hits gig and for less than £30 a ticket, that’s a bargain. This small venue was rammed fans and lucky for me – a short arse – there was no health and safety so I could stand on the stairs to watch.  Being an acoustic show it was a welcome change to the big flashing lights and loads of dancers I usually see at big arena concerts, instead Natalie had a large rug and a few lamp shades which shows if you have the talent you don’t need all those special effects.

She opened with ‘Wrong Impression’ and all but one of my favourite songs was on the set list (favs in bold below), no cover of the Cure’s ‘Friday I’m in Love’. Being an acoustic show I did wonder how the up-beat songs would sound and her band of 3 made the likes of ‘Satisfied’, ‘Glorious’ and ‘Big Mistake’ sound very similar to the CD…sorry I mean download.  Of course when she sang ‘Torn’, out came everyone’s phones to record this memory including mine and singing along to ‘That Day’, I think I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t keep up with her and only sang the chorus.  So many words so little full stops.

Hopefully she doesn’t leave it another 20 years but she comes back to Brum.  Just one minor issue that did make me mad, the support band.  Standing a few steps higher than me and chatting all the way through Natalie’s set, not very respectful.

My blurry photos from the back

Set List

Wrong Impression

Stuck on The Moon

I Will Follow You Into The Dark


Counting Down The Days


On The Run

That Day

Beauty On The Fire





Instant Crush

Butterflies (Encore)

Intuition (Encore)

Big Mistake (Encore)



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