Lorde's Pre-Show Prep Involves Berries, Stretching, & A Heaving Stomach

1lordePhoto: REX USA/Joe Okpako/Rex.
As far as backstage rock-star antics go, Lorde's are pretty tame. So tame, in fact, that they sound oddly reminiscent of something your grandma might get up to at her senior-citizen residence.
Advertisement
The New Zealand singer is one of several performers — including Tinie Tempah, Kelis, and actress Juliet Stevenson — to reveal their pre- and post-gig rituals in today's Guardian Weekend. While Tinie Tempah isn't opposed to a cheeky vodka cranberry before a show, Lorde is more likely to be found napping or nibbling on berries.
"Usually before a gig I have a sleep in my dressing room under a blanket I take everywhere with me," the 17-year-old shared. "I eat some berries or some dried nori (which I get all over my face) in place of dinner, because a couple of hours before the performance, my stomach starts heaving and I feel like I'm going to throw up — even when I'm not that nervous. It's the weirdest thing."
Donning her signature suit is also crucial ("Once I've got my suit on, I can do anything"), as is joining her band to "get in the zone." And then there's the stretching.
"I do lots of stretching, because when I perform my limbs fly all over the place," she said. "The boys laugh at me lunging across the room."
And, yes, there is a method to this madness. "I'm a very physical performer," Lorde explained. "I fill space with the movement of my hands, my arms, my head, my stance, and that all helps communicate what I'm talking about."
Advertisement
With two Grammys under her belt, she can do whatever she wants. Like, maybe releasing a workout video? (Guardian)

More from Music

It's official: Lady Gaga will be the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show headliner. The "Perfect Illusion" singer has confirmed in a tweet that, "This year the ...
Is anything better than plugging in your headphones, firing up your music app of choice, and jamming out to that brand-new song you're obsessed with? Don...
Everyone has that song that makes their blood rush, their face flush, and their pulse quicken. It's the jam you always have queued up when there's even the...
Alice Tan Ridley's powerful voice is finally getting some time in the spotlight. After years of singing in New York City subway stations to support her ...
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but try telling that to Britney Spears. The pop star didn't seem all that impressed when a London radio ...
There's a rumor going around on Twitter that Hilary Duff and Justin Bieber are making music together. It appears to have started with the Hilary Duff News...
Lady Gaga just confirmed what we knew to be true: She will be the headliner at the Super Bowl halftime show. Gaga announced her official involvement with ...
In a cover interview with Elle, Miley Cyrus threw some major shade at Mariah Carey. "I’ve never really been a fan, because it’s so much about Mariah ...
Selena Gomez just dropped a new song that has her asking if you can keep a secret. It seems like she's the one who's keeping secrets, though. Gomez ...
The Ronettes had it all wrong. The best part of breaking up is not the making up. That rarely happens, and when it does, it often leads to more breaking up...
The Canadian singer's new video suggests that there's a whole new Weeknd in store
Solange took a page out Beyoncé's book with last week's cryptic social media posts. Now, she's made good on what we maybe-kind-of thought she was promising...
Mariah Carey is basically the definition of a diva. Miley Cyrus, on the other hand, refuses to even walk the red carpet because "people are starving." So...
Don’t lie. You’ve definitely spent a night in dancing to “Call Me Maybe” while cleaning your room. Or, at least, to Taylor Swift. Nothing has as much power...