Performing to a packed Manchester Academy, Carley Rae Jepsen put on a stunning display.

Multi-platinum Grammy, Juno and Polaris Prize nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen’s critically acclaimed album E·MO·TION became “a modern touchstone for a new crop of pop-leaning artists and legacy acts” after it was released in 2015, as NPR noted. The album also inspired an abundance of memes — extending the cultural cachet that Jepsen earned from the ubiquity of her GRAMMY-nominated blockbuster hit ‘Call Me Maybe’ (from her U.S debut album Kiss), which not only climbed to No.1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, sold over 20 million singles worldwide, and was certified Diamond in the U.S., but was referenced by everyone from former secretary-of-state for the United States Colin Powell to Cookie Monster.

While ‘Call Me Maybe’ was certainly her biggest hit and brought the Canadian artist to the attention of pop fans globally, Jepsen has been steadily filling our playlists with pop gems year-after-year ever since.

Jepsen’s 2019 album Dedicated, retains the joyful, hook-filled feeling of its predecessor. But where E·MO·TION was an ’80s-influenced synth-pop classic that Rolling Stone called “a pop masterclass” and Stereogum called “indisputable, unfuckwithable pop genius.” Dedicated has a more ’70s-inspired feel at times, though the album defies categorisation as a whole, with Vulture stating, “Dedicated is both stranger and freer than the last record, but it also feels more confident and considered.” Working with a crew of trusted songwriters and producers, among them John Hill, Jack Antonoff, Captain Cuts, Patrik Berger, and her longtime collaborator Tavish Crowe, Jepsen indulged in more sonic experimentation than she had in the past. Dedicated features the fan favourites ‘Party For One’, ‘Now That I Found You’, ‘Too Much’ and ‘Want You In My Room’. (original source Ticketmaster, CRJ tickets here).

Set List

This Love Isn’t Crazy
Run Away With Me
Surrender My Heart
Too Much
Joshua Tree
Talking to Yourself
Emotion / Favourite Colour
Call Me Maybe
Stay Away
Western Wind
Act 2:
So Nice
I Really Like You
Want You in My Room
Your Type
Boy Problems
Now That I Found You
I Didn’t Just Come Here to Dance
The Loneliest Time
When I Needed You
Go Find Yourself or Whatever
Beach House
Cut to the Feeling

Photo Copyright Gary Mather



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