Yesterday I watched something amazing. I went to see Kate Nash in Brighton.
This is the worst photo I’ve ever taken, I think. But let me break it down for you:
1. The black splodge on top of her head is a pair of kitten ears.
2. She is holding a bass guitar.
3. There is a girl in front of me in the crowd who fell over drunk and we had to help her out of the venue. It’s easy to want to help people when you’re listening to Kate Nash songs, which are all about empowerment and being there for other people.
4. Actually she is all about empowerment and being there for other people. This isn’t in the photo but before the last song, she made a speech about the work she’s been doing in schools, talking to young girls about their lives, and encouraging them to believe in themselves and be creative. She talked about magazines and celebrity culture. We cheered. More people should talk about this stuff, but they don’t bother. In fact, most people in Kate’s position just play along. Kate starts a charity for girls and then puts on a pair of kitten ears and then plays in a loud fucking punk band because she feels like it. Then she does a rap about sexism, and the weird thing is - it’s amazing.
5. Oh, and then she sings a lullaby acappella and manages to be vulnerable and strong at the same time.
6. And then a woman pushes over some teenage fans, and she asks security not to kick the woman out, but brings the girls on stage to keep them safe.
7. So there you go. I went to a Kate Nash concert and all I got was this awful photo (thanks Instagram), and a whole lot of strength and inspiration. I really love her new songs. I really love Underestimate the Girl. I really can’t wait to hear the album. It takes a great deal of commitment and bravery to stand up on stage and be your true self. I don’t even know if I have the guts to find out who my true self is, but I might just try a little harder now.