Un­like many star tum­blers, St Vin­cent is a rocker who knows how to fall with grace

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - Emily Long­worth

So St Vin­cent (right) fell from a stack of speak­ers mid-show at her Knoxville gig last week­end. It is im­por­tant to note that, de­spite her pen­chant for scal­ing the most pre­car­i­ously tow­er­ing stage piece in her vicin­ity while mid-melody, An­nie Clarke has some­how made it this far with­out be­com­ing a maimed rock star.

If any­thing, the trick sim­ply ac­cen­tu­ated her spindly, arach­nid-like de­meanour .

Un­like ev­ery other stage fall in re­cent mem­ory, how­ever, just about ev­ery­one is hop­ing St. Spi­der is okay. The con­sum­ing public were hap­pier when split­ting your­self the­atri­cally dur­ing a gig was a calamity re­served for Madonna, The Edge and most Euro­vi­sion par­tic­i­pants. In fact, those down­falls were openly cel­e­brated for days.

Bet­ter still, when an artist at­tempts to “save it”, ei­ther one of the fol­low­ing things hap­pens; they car­toon­ishly flail around un­til they hit the deck for a sec­ond time (as with Katy Perry and Lady Gaga), or they lie on the ground where they fall, in an at­tempt to make it look in­ten­tional.

The lat­ter tech­nique is more ad­mirably shame­less, but in­vari­ably has the ef­fect of mak­ing the artist look like a hap­less an­i­mal. Brit­ney Spears em­anated the grounded floun­der­ing of an up­turned tur­tle, while Rob­bie Wil­liams was more “beached whale”.

Mean­while, Harry Hill is some­where be­hind the scenes book­mark­ing all the above and more for a Christ­mas spe­cial, un­til every­body learns from St Vin­cent how to fall from stage with­out fall­ing from grace.

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