Whilst this is not her first tour, Saturday 20th October marks 20-year-old singer, songwriter and rapper GIRLI’s first gig in Edinburgh, and the Mash House with its ace acoustics and intimate vibe seems to be a perfect setting for her debut here. After the crowd are thoroughly warmed up by the fantastic Jerry Williams (who performs a particularly touching track about an alcoholic she met in a bar), GIRLI (real name Milly Toomey) and her accompanist DJ Kitty appear, starting their nearly hour long set with an unexpected choice of track; ‘Can I Say Baby’, taken off of the artist’s 2017 Hot Mess EP. GIRLI’s trademark youthful energy is clear from the outset, although it takes the also predominantly young crowd until the second song; ‘Play It Cool’ to really begin to loosen up, and it is only here that we can feel the floor of the Mash House start to bounce – a sure sign that something good is happening on the stage. Unusually for a singer, GIRLI seems just as well received whether singing or speaking, and it is her highly politicised inter-song patter that really distinguishes her from other artists, giving an impression that she is well-beyond her years in terms of social awareness. GIRLI’s more playful side is also clear, particularly during one of her unreleased songs ‘Pink’, which the artist tells us is about ‘playing the people that try to play you’. Despite what the song title ‘F**k Right Back Off To LA’ might suggest, the atmosphere in the Mash House is wholly inclusive, with GIRLI telling the audience that she has brought ‘Gender Neutral’ signs to place onto every toilet in the venue; a small but well thought out (and well received) touch. This is not the extent of GIRLI’s connection with the sorts of issues that face young people today, however, as exemplified by her song ‘Up And Down’, before which she tells us about her own struggle with mood swings. Despite this important topic, GIRLI still manages to maintain her immense energy, with a soaring high note in the chorus that is truly spectacular. Other highlights include ‘Young’, GIRLI’s latest single, where she leaves the stage and parties with the audience, truly reflecting that whilst indeed sometimes it ‘hurts to be young’, it can also be the time of your life. The performance is not perfect, but even a few forgotten lyrics cannot dampen the exhilarated mood of the crowd, and GIRLI’s profuse apologies, blaming her first night nerves, only serve to endear us to her even more. It wouldn’t be a GIRLI show without perhaps her most high-octane track ‘Hot Mess’, which she performs last, with a spectacular crowd surfing finale that goes to show that, even though (by her own confession) GIRLI is moving in a more poppy direction, she still retains the youthful ‘rockstar’ persona that her fans know and love.