Set list stuck to the floor as a visual reminder, the Boxettes lined up for what
was their main showcase in a while (for me at least). Since I first saw them at BoxCon
in 2009, it's evident the girls have come a long way.
Warming up their vocal chords with their tuning forks slipped discretely into their
bra straps, the night opened to My Mic Sounds Good. The audience reaction to the
girls walking on stage was immediate - and loud.
Smooth Journey Begins gave a taste of smooth jazz before they introduced themselves.
The event was sold out, and mainly consisted of Boxettes fans, so for the hardcore
it was more of a reminder of who was who.
Keeping it smooth they broke into Pack Your Bags before going for a salsa-influenced
drum'n'bass rendition of Right On Time.
One of the Boxettes' flagship songs, a cover of Nina Simone's Feeling Good, got a
reaction ahead of the main verse as people recognised the tune.
My Old Shoes appeared to be new material. It was a mix of disco and techno music
with what I seem to recall as a carnival sound while Under Your Skin was slow, syncopated
Dreams debuted some new material - although it had been performed before, each time
they had performed it, it was different, according to Bellatrix’s claim that it was
Dreams was the first song I had heard them perform that edged into house and dubstep,
and it worked really well, becoming an on-stage jam that had the party jumping.
After the jam, as the girls caught their breath, Bellatrix hinted at plans for a
biannual party, hinting at doing the first one with Foreign Beggers.
Finally, as their showcase drew to an end they sung out the evening with an encore
of their signature song, Hatty. It really showed how much the Boxettes have made
a name for themselves as the audience sang back the chorus, and the percussion sounded
incredible in Cargo's arched cavern.