Being a very online musician, when COVID put paid to touring, Poppy naturally embraced streaming performances to her millions of followers. But even with such a big virtual audience, she says there’s no substitute for the real thing. “Even livestreams are a little meh,” she admits. “You want to be there in the room with people, feeling that energy first-hand – the warmth, the sweating bodies.”
As you might expect from such an enigmatic artist, Poppy isn’t giving much away about what gig-goers can expect when her much-delayed UK tour dates finally bring her and her British fans together in the same room.
“You’ll just have to come and see it,” she teases, giving absolutely nothing away. “I hesitate to say too much beforehand as things can change. I like to let it all unfold.”
What Poppy will say, however, is that the delays brought on by the pandemic have allowed her to “tinker” with the visuals and setlist, even adding new songs from last year’s excellent Flux album into the mix. Absence from the stage has made her heart grow fonder – and now it’s full to bursting, so be ready.
As Poppy promises, “It’ll be an emotional explosion by the time I get to tour.”
Poppy will tour the UK in November. This article was originally printed in December’s one-off live music special.