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FLO – HERE at Outernet – 30.03.2023 – Image 2

FLO find their feet at first headline show in London

31 March 2023, 12:30
Words by David Cobbald
Original Photography by Burak Cingi

The rise to fame of Jorja Douglas, Stella Quaresma and Renée Downer over the last twelve months has been incredible to watch, and selling out new London venue HERE at Outernet is the proof in the pudding for FLO.

Opening the first night of their international tour with glitchy visuals on the wall-to-wall screens behind them, the trio are greeted with a sea of mobile phones – so many that you can’t see the stage. A full band on stage riff and play off the hook of “Not My Job,” and the crowd shout every single word back. We’re treated to choreography during “Immature,” and as the three woman each take centre stage for their respective parts it’s impressive to see such confidence from a band that are only just a year old.

The set is pared back for “Another Guy,” then the visuals turn red and moody for “Feature Me.” The group stand in the middle of the stage at points, harmonising together to cheers from the crowd, and even more cheers happen when the question on everyone’s lips is asked: “Do you want to hear some new music?”

Douglas, Quaresma and Downer tease a few song titles that they could sing – “Shoulda Woulda Coulda,” and “Oh You Care Now” – but instead play “Control Freak" and “Change" – developing their sound into the realm of soul as they sit at the front of the stage side by side. The latter is the highlight of the show; a real standout compared to the rest of the set.

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Fan favourite “Losing You” brings out yet another sea of phones and as they reach what feels like the peak of crowd attention, the trio surprise everyone with a cover of Jamelia’s “Superstar”. It’s a perfect homage to the architects of their sound from the late 90s and early 00s, and just shows how switched on the group really are.

The final two tracks are the girl group’s biggest: recent single “Fly Girl” sadly doesn’t bring out Missy Elliott, but she’s almost not needed due to the audience’s meticulous knowledge of her verse as they shout it back to the girls. Then for the final performance, the three take to their microphone stands and perform their debut single “Cardboard Box.” Once again, phones fill the air as everyone tries to record and keep their own piece of magic as they close their first headline show.


  1. Not My Job
  2. Immature
  3. Another Guy
  4. Feature Me
  5. Control Freak
  6. Summertime
  7. Change
  8. Losing You
  9. Superstar (Jamelia Cover)
  10. Fly Girl
  11. Cardboard Box
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