ASBO Live: Julia Michaels


The name Julia Michaels might seem brand new to some as not everybody may be aware of her songwriting talents which has developed and grown over the past 5 years before she embarked on her personal journey of artistry with the release of her debut single Issues which was released 2 years ago. Following her debut “mini album” Nervous System and 2 EPs Inner Monologue Part 1 and Part 2 released this year. Having been grafting and not only growing as an artist in her own right she has also been building as performer having had a number of opening act slots on a number of tours over the past two years for artists including Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Keith Urban, P!nk and Niall Horan. Now embarking on her first headline tour, we were among the crowd at the O2 Shepard’s Bush Empire to witness the talent that is Julia Michaels as she played a sold out show as part of London date of her Inner Monologue Tour.

The show was very much what you might imagine when you think of Julia not only as an artist in terms of her music, but also in terms of her personality and all the things that make her someone you feel like you relate to on a real level. Apart from being the voice behind many of our favourite pop songs there is also a real ease and relatability when it comes to her music and everything that she gives when it comes to her show.


From the moment Julia took to the stage to the moment she got off Julia had the energy levels going all throughout the show. Not to mention who was hanging onto her every word.

With no big production elements that we normally are dying for Julia with the assistance of her 4 piece band managed to put together a show that was not only actively energetic but also included intimate moments included those of Julia going into the middle of the crowd to perform two songs not to mention the stage dive at the end.

Julia spoke on how she felt in playing in London and also expressed the show as being a “safe space” for fans to be themselves and enjoy being the moment and that is something you certainly felt.


The setlist that contain songs from Julia’s budding catalogue started off with tracks from her first project Nervous System kicking off the show with the high energy Pink before going into other songs like Make It Up, Worst In Me, Uh Huh and the addition of the Clean Bandit collab I Miss You. Following in the Inner Monologue segment that included a combination of tracks from both EPs including Happy, Hurt Again, Priest, Anxiety, Falling For Boys, Apple, Into You. as well as the fan favourite What A Time (minus Niall Horan) before ending with the track that started it all Issues.

Overall Julia brought a show that showed as one to pay attention to. You wouldn’t believe that just two years ago she had massive stage fright and anxiety when it came to perform as last night showed that she was comfortable and very much looked like she belonged on stage.


Words: Seneo Mwamba

Images: Seneo Mwamba

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