The Waterfront, Norwich October 4, 2023
by Mariana Monteiro
Even though it’s a week night, quite a queue builds up outside before the doors open ahead of this bimbocore party, which promises to be a rowdy one and which got upgraded to the bigger room at The Waterfront, such was the demand.
Delilah Bon opens things up, and she quickly gets people vibing to her daring and outspoken lyrics and performance.
Her songs centre on female issues, and with Brat, Chop Dicks and Dead Men, the singer-songwriter brings an electric performance that perfectly plays off Scene Queen’s own attitude.
Her message of the night is a reply to the prime minister’s recent attacks on the trans community, and in War On Women she loudly states that “we won’t be silenced”.
Bon is followed by In Her Own Words, who started touring with tonight’s headliner after 18+ was released and many of the music industry turned their backs on her.
But this Los Angeles band showed their outright support for her, and they remain close – and it means that even though In Her Own Words represent a different genre and probably appeal to a very different demographic, their slot on this bill works and they appear to win new frinds tonight.
Scene Queen – aka Hannah Collins – opens her set with Pink Whitney, and the US singer who gained such a following on TikTok during lockdown gets up close and personal with her fans at the front.
There are some early technical difficulties that affect both her band’s instruments and her microphone, but she pushes on regardless and her contagious charisma and humour more than make up for any of the gremlins in the works.
Alongside the hits Pink Rover, 18+ and Barbie & Ken (which sees Joey Fleming of In Her Own Words brought back to help out), there’s an eclectic shift between styles, which makes the whole thing feel fresh and original.
Her iconic twerkle pit makes an appearance and there’s crowd-surfing as the evening’s vibes hit a new high, before she adds a wholesome moment with the induction of two fans into her sorority, Bimbo Beta Pi.
Members of Bimbo Beta Pi promise to be friends at her shows with anyone who’s there by themselves so that no one is alone like Scene Queen used to be as a teen.
And it’s things such as this that make tonight so much more than just a great gig – it’s like being part of a movement.