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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Wow! Sofia in Umeå -a.k.a. Hia80- has four must-see home videos of Robyn performing at Skellefteå 2011 last Friday

Robyn - With every heartbeat - LIVE at Skellefteå 2011, July 1, 2011


Robyn, Sveriges popdrottning! (Robyn, Sweden's pop queen!)
Now THAT'S charisma!

Judging by the evidence, Sofia from up in Umeå looks to have not only scored some very good seats for Robyn's show last Friday in Stieg Larsson's neck of the woods in Skellefteå -near the front of the stage, no less- but she also kindly thought of all the Robyn fans out there in the blogosphere who craved a new video fix of this energetic dynamo, and Sofia has delivered big time.
All the customary moves we've come to expect from Robyn were there, too: the windmill arms, the shadow-boxing, the moon walking...

Sofia has very good audio and video quality, especially considering that she was clearly standing in an enthusiastic crowd of people going nuts.

Sofia's video reminds me of the amazing videos of the crowds at the Paramore concerts in STKHM that I alluded to last October here on the blog, when I compared and contrasted music lovers' lightning-like ability to use technology and share information/video thru YouTube, while the Miami Herald continued insulting their readers by playing second-rate Pony Express, and was NOT even able to get the score or game story for the first game of the 2010 World Series in the Broward edition of the paper the day after the game.
This, even though The New York Times that was printed in Fort Lauderdale and sold at the same places in Broward as the Herald had two pages of games coverage, plus photos.


That November 27th, 2010 post of mine was titled, How a video of Paramore in Stockholm and Razorlight at the Cuckoo Club, London -Friday night- proves the Miami Herald is too damn slow. Iceberg dead ahead!

My previous six posts on Robyn the past year are right here in chronological order:

Obviously, what she shot is slightly different than the film quality that you all got used to in my very popular post a few weeks back on Robyn, here, with SVT's amazing video of Robyn's concert in Copenhagen last year and the fascinating and amusing behind-the-scenes documentary at her concert in Stockholm, but it's still damn impressive nonetheless.

Now if only everyone did as good a job as Sofia of not only keeping their cool in the heat of the moment at a Robyn concert and keeping the focus on her -and largely avoiding everyone's hands up in the air!- and NOT blurting out things that get captured on film and distract from what's going on.

Great job, Sofia!
Two big thumbs up from South Florida! :-)

By the way, Sofia is also the very same person who three years ago uploaded the video of Frida Öhrn on SVT's Så ska det låta singing her version of the Dolly Parton classic "Jolene" that just knocked me out. http://youtu.be/aPYBGa_PsLo
Until Friday night when I was preparing this post, I'd completely forgotten that she was the one whose quick thinking was appreciated by so many, including yours truly, SO many miles away.


Robyn - Hang with me - Live at Skellefteå 2011, July 1, 2011

http://youtu.be/jAkgHY7Qcso


Robyn - Indestructible - Live at Skellefteå 2011, July 1, 2011


Robyn - Call your girlfriend - Live at Skellefteå 2011, July 1, 2011


Robyn's official website: http://www.robyn.com/

Sofia's YouTubeChannel is at http://www.youtube.com/user/Hia80
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