The Belgian Angéle is one of Europe’s biggest pop stars, having released two multi-platinum albums, a number of multi-platinum singles, and the recipient of more than twenty music awards. The French-speaking singer could sell 70,000 tickets for a pair of concerts in Paris, but in the US her biggest single achievement was selling out three nights at the 3,000-capacity Terminal 5 in New York City to cap off her first North American tour. .
Either that, or you’re playing Coachella 2023. She may not be on the same level of fame as fellow Belgian Stromae or transatlantic star Rosalía, but the trajectory there isn’t hard to see. Its success in the European Union was rapid (debut, prol(she’s not even five years old yet), and with performances like the one she did at T5, it wouldn’t be surprising if her fan base in the US was expanding rapidly.
Angéle is a classic pop star, inspired by the ’90s singer/dancers (as evidenced by Britney Spears’ introductory riff and piano cover of “… Baby One More Time”). Even if you don’t speak her language, you can feel the sincerity in her emotional, dynamic songs – and whether they’re native French speakers or not, the audience at Station 5’s latest show (May 6) brought back that energy with their sing-along vocals. (And yes, even young kids with their dads were singing along on a Spears cover; kids know their classics.)
With her dance troupe showcasing a range of styles and creating interesting stage forms around and with her, as well as a backing band engaging in the fun even from their stationary stands, Angéle’s show was a treat. The language barrier in music has collapsed over the past few years, and with concerts like this one, Angéle has proven herself worthy of being the latest act to straddle that divide.
Check out the gallery of photos from Angéle’s May 6 concert at NYC’s Terminal 5 below, along with the full track list.
Make the list:
You look at me
yes or no
I want your eyes
Love, hate and danger
Time will do
…Baby Again (Britney Spears piano cover)
Fever (dua lipa cap)
your swing what
Brussels I love you