Lykke Li gave an enchanting and engaging performance at Union Transfer

Lykke Li | Photo by Michelle Montgomery |
Lykke Li | Photo by Michelle Montgomery |

Swedish indie pop singer-songwriter Lykke Li took the stage to a packed Union Transfer on Wednesday night. Touring in support of her third LP I Never Learn, which was released in May, Li performed a set of upbeat and evocative songs of heartbreak primarily off her latest album and her previous LP Wounded Rhymes. Midway through her set, she broke out two audience favorites from her debut album Youth Novels, “Dance, Dance, Dance” (during which she encourage the crowd to dance along) and “Little Bit.”

Later on, she jokingly said the crowd didn’t want to hear her songs all night long and performed a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs.” Li’s stage presence was incredibly strong; she had the perfect balance of performing her set and interacting with the crowd, making the audience feel as if they were part of the show. The crowd became a visual part of Li’s  performance of “Never Gonna Love Again,” with a sea of iPhones and lighters waving side-to-side throughout the song. Closing out the night, she sang “Heart of Steel” during the encore.

Swedish-American R&B singer Mapei opened the show with a short, but sweet set of songs off her recent debut album Hey Hey. Mapei’s performance was definitely engaging and her music was very danceable.

Check out the setlist and photo recap of the show below.

I Never Learn
Sadness Is a Blessing
Just Like a Dream
No Rest for the Wicked
Dance, Dance, Dance
Little Bit
Sleeping Alone
Silver Springs (Fleetwood Mac cover)
I Follow Rivers
Never Gonna Love Again
Youth Knows No Pain
Get Some

Heart of Steel



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