Beatrice Laus, professionally known as beabadoobee, is a Filipino-British singer-songwriter who rose to fame after her song “Coffee” went viral on YouTube in 2017. Since then, Laus has released five EPs and one album under the record label Dirty Hit. Laus has also opened for other indie artists like Clairo and The 1975 for their respective 2019 and 2020 tours and has now begun her first headlining tour following the release of her album, Fake It Flowers, in 202o.
The 17th stop on the Fake It Flowers tour was on Nov. 22 at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. The venue was packed with fans waiting to hear their favorite beabadoobee songs, piling to the front to get as close to the stage as possible. The bass drum interrupted the audience chatter as the set began, booming throughout the venue and shaking the floor. The crowd cheered in anticipation as beabadoobee and her band made their way on stage.
Laus started her set with her song “Sun More Often,” a feel-good song that immediately got the audience moving. The crowd jumped and waved their arms to the music as Laus’ vocals radiated throughout the space. Laus’ brief guitar solo during the song caused the audience to erupt in excited screams before singing along.
Throughout the performance, Laus’ soft, chilling vocals were paired with heavy drum beats along with distorted and overdriven guitar and bass, creating the perfect contradictory mix for the set. This was perfectly complimented by glowing pink, purple and blue stage lights combined with harsh red lights flashing to the beat of each song.
Around the middle of the set, Laus played her song “Sorry,” an emotional and heartbreaking song off of the Fake It Flowers album. Laus had a green electric guitar during the song, playing dissonant chords that allowed the listener to fully feel and understand the overwhelming sadness of “Sorry.”
The tenth song of the performance was “Charlie Brown,” a song Laus introduced by telling the audience: “This next one’s for throwing things, if you have anything just throw it at me.” The crowd obeyed, throwing notes, water bottles, flowers, hats and even their phones on stage. The upbeat nature of this song had the audience jumping and waving their arms. After the song concluded, an audience member shouted to Laus that their phone was on stage opened to a TikTok draft that they would like Laus to finish. Laus added a video of herself onto the phone, threw it back to the crowd and said, “How Gen Z of me.”
For a handful of songs during the set, Laus set her guitar aside to walk around the stage and sing exclusively. During “Back To Mars,” Laus got up close with the audience to allow for a more intimate moment as she sang. The crowd held out their arms, and Laus waved to every corner of the room.
The last song of the set was “Last Day on Earth,” another feel-good song that had the audience dancing and holding hands with those around them. During the song, the supporting act BLACKSTARKIDS entered the stage holding giant inflatable joints. Everyone on stage began dancing together as Laus and her band played the song. The inflatable joints were thrown out into the crowd for people to catch as the song concluded, and the band walked off stage.
The crowd cheered for an encore, and after a few minutes, Laus delivered. She entered the stage alone with an acoustic guitar and played her hit song “Coffee” for an eager crowd that sang along and danced.
Finally, the band entered once again to play the final song of the night. Laus told the audience, “This is our last song so go fucking crazy, okay?” as they began the song “Cologne,” a fan-favorite, as evidenced by the erupting cheers from the crowd. Towards the end of the song, the guitarist, Jacob Bugden, got off stage and into the crowd to play the last guitar solo of the night.
As the performance came to a close, the drummer, Luca Caruso, tossed his drum sticks to the crowd and joined Laus and the rest of the band at the front of the stage, where they all took a bow. An eerie sound from the speakers filled the room as the band exited the stage and the audience made their way back to the doors of the venue.