photos by Chris La Putt

Katy B

"In skinny jeans, red jumper and Vans trainers, her freshly dyed red hair pulled back, South London's Katy B is a different kind of pop star. Somehow she's got all bases covered, juggling white label, pirate-station authenticity and one-of-us, we-could-be-mates appeal. While the media still hypes indie bands, it's an increasingly desperate endeavour: this week [March, 29, 2011], the entire top 40 features just one - Noah and the Whale at No 19. Just as they have for the past two years, pop, dance and R&B continue to reign supreme, and Katy B, whose irresistible pop-dubstep single Katy on a Mission hit the top five last summer, is the current sound of both the clubs and the charts." [Guardian]

On Friday Katy B could be found performing at the giant festival known as Glastonbury in the UK. Tonight, Monday (6/27), Katy B performed in the United States for the first time and in a much more intimate setting - a private party presented by Giant Step at The Standard Hotel's Le Bain, part of the "Steve Madden Summer Music Series." There wasn't much music though. She only played three songs to the stylish, packed and press-filled crowd. "Katy on a Mission" was one of those songs. Pics from the NYC event are in this post.

Katy played the show solo, but will reportedly be with a full band when she returns to the States in September. Those dates aren't announced yet, but a whole bunch of October UK ones are. The UK dates and more pictures from the short NYC show below...

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Katy B -- 2011 Tour Dates
OCT 8 Regent Theatre, Ipswich, UK
OCT 11 O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds, UK
OCT 12 Manchester Apollo, Manchester, UK
OCT 13 O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
OCT 14 O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
OCT 16 O2 Academy Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
OCT 17 O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
OCT 18 Rock City, Nottingham, UK
OCT 20 O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
OCT 21 Cardiff University Students' Union, Cardiff, UK
OCT 22 O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol, UK
OCT 24 O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK
OCT 25 O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK
OCT 29 The Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK
OCT 30 Bournemouth Solent Hall, Bournemouth, UK
OCT 31 Brighton Dome, Brighton, UK