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Woodkid @ Union Transfer.

October 15, 2013

Woodkid09Text and images by Mina Lee.

Acclaimed musician Yoann Lemoine, aka Woodkid, kicked off his North America tour with a performance at Union Transfer last night.

Woodkid boasts a massive fan base and various awards for his work as director for music videos, including “Born to Die” and “Blue Jeans” by Lana Del Rey, “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry and “Take Care” by Drake.

Halfway through the set, Woodkid paused because of seemingly endless cheers.

“I’ve got something to tell you, Philadelphia … America, in general,” he said. “I love you.”

“I love your French Ass!” a member of the audience responded.

Laughing, Yoann turned around, patted his behind and replied that he didn’t quite know what was so special about a French ass.

He jumped into the melancholy ballad “I Love You” off his new album, and pumped vicious energy to the audience through instrumental breakdowns and infectious dancing.

The end of his set was met with cheers, begging for an encore. “Run Boy Run” was the chant, as Woodkid had yet to perform one of his most popular songs. Within seconds, the artist returned to the stage and performed again.

Describing his last song of the night, Yoann explained it as “the last chapter of that fucked up story I tried to put together [in the album].”

A female voice yelled back in reply “We like fucked up!”

“Well, that’s very French of you,” said Yoann between muted chuckles. “I love you still.”

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