Lynks + girli

Sun 18 Jun 2023, 7.45pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
From £18
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Futuristic portrait of artist Lynks in a full body sparkly body suit with a spikey head.
Lynks © Mars Washington

Packed with thumping beats and stylised dance numbers, a show from one of queer pop’s most potent forces harnesses fabulous chaos and ‘total sensory overload’.

Instantly recognisable thanks to his self-made costumes – he’s described them as making him a ‘masked drag monster’ – Lynks is one of the scene’s most unfailingly entertaining performers.

His third EP, MEN, remains quintessentially Lynks, with more gloriously in-your-face electro-pop bangers, but as the title suggests, he’s using them as vehicles to explore his relationship with masculinity.

Lynks is a self-described control freak, who handled everything but the backing vocals and saxophone on the EP, including the mixing and mastering. MEN sees him step his production up to new levels.

Not that listeners should expect precision and polish here, though; the fabulous chaos of the Lynks live show is in full effect, with ‘massive, ear-splitting bass’ and the return of his dance crew Lynks Shower Gel.

And yet, at the centre of Lynks is an exploration of queer vulnerability, something that’s become increasingly important to him as the project has morphed from the cabaret act it began as to the queercore behemoth it is today.

‘It’s great that we’re at a point in time where we have queer people onstage who are incredibly proud, telling the world that we’re fabulous and we’re slaying, but I want to speak more to the fact that the world messes us up quite a bit, and we have problems too, because it’s very difficult growing up queer.

‘I think we can find power by embracing that vulnerability, and I’m enjoying flying the flag for that.’

Understanding girli’s journey is fundamental to appreciating what she has next on the cards. After navigating red-taped record deals and bouts of self-questioning, the artist emerged better for it.

Matured, reinvented and refusing to be pigeonholed, we’re returning back to the vision of girli, but not quite as we know her. ‘I want people to know that I'm a work in progress,’ she says. ‘As an artist, you're always expected to be the final version of yourself, like this perfect, fully formed and packaged thing, but that’s just not what being human is.’ Instead, girli is allowing her free-flowing personality to take control of her unfiltered image.

Pulling on her brewing identity crisis for inspiration, girli is refusing to choose between labels, whether that’s genres as an artist on her new EP, Girl Love, or more personally. Tired of walking the line, girli’s call for change is the ethos that has shaped both her new alt-pop style and musical direction.

Standing out as an individualist who refuses to be boxed in by labels, girli’s new era is an anthem for the misfits and misunderstood. girli’s biggest single to date, ‘More Than a Friend’ swirls around emotions of sexual frustration, while ‘I Really F**ked It Up’ surveys the reality of spinning out of control.

Drawing on the literary inspiration of American poet Walt Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself’, girli hopes her EP captures the same notion of self – ‘I contain multitudes too. I'm so many things at once and that’s the energy I want people to feel when they listen to my music.' Given the vibrant, hook-filled stylings yet to come, girli won’t be waiting long to be heard again.

Portrait of artist Girli in a cream and black leather outfit with highly decorative fingernails.
Fiona Garden

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Age recommendation

For ages 16+

7.15pm: Doors open
7.45pm – 8.45pm: girli 9.15pm – 10.15pm: Lynks

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Please note that haze and flashing light effects are used during this performance.

Dates & times

Sun 18 Jun 2023, 7.45pm
Approximate run time: 2 hours 30 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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