GIG REVIEW: Ella Eyre at Brixton Academy, 10th Nov. 2015

 Her management team didn’t miss a trick by dressing the If I Go pop star in a catsuit on her Feline tour. The metallic, sequinned  costume hugged her tiny frame, exposing her toned figure. She looked incredible. Throughout the show the Good Times star did not stop moving. Running lengths of the stage to her up beat tracks, it’s no surprise Ella is in great shape! 

There is no denying that the BRIT School Graduate is very talented. She creates contemporary styles of pop-soul. Her bold, brassy vocals enable her success as a solo artist as well as a feature artist. She is a great performer with plenty of energy. 

Unfortunately, throughout her set she was overpowered by her band. However, in moments where the output was level, the performance was exceptional. My favourite track was We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off. Raw. Acoustic. Delicate. 

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GIG REVIEW: The Cadillac Three @ The O2 Islington Academy, London. 9th Nov. 2015

  A 4,000 mile trip across the Atlantic for just one European date…the native Nashvillian’s SELL OUT London’s O2 Academy Islington in the midst of an American tour. 

To date, TC3 have SOLD OUT every UK headlining show they have played. 

If you missed this London show… You haven’t missed your chance to see the southern rockers, as they’re returning to the UK in January/ February 2016.

 

Tonight was my first time experiencing the O2 Academy Islington. It was really easy to get to (I travelled from London Bridge) and almost opposite Angel tube station. Situated in the middle of a high street, there are plenty of eateries and bars surrounding the venue. Absolutely ideal if you’re coming to the City for a gig and making a night of it.

The venue itself has basement vibe despite being upstairs. A small, relatively low stage with no branded backdrops. Pipes and cables plastering the ceiling. Blackened walls. Dim lighting…  Very authentic. A scene suited to an intimate rock show.

 Locks hanging, caps forward and aviators glistening. The Tennessee Trio got into position and Days Of Gold erupted. The crowd roared and heads banged. Lead vocalist, Jaren Johnston, joined drummer, Neil Mason on his kit and they smashed it in unison. Accompanied by Kelby Ray on the lap steel guitar, the Academy was bouncing. 

Up next, Peace Love & Dixie. Holler if you’re with me. Leading single of their latest album… The crowd echoed their catchy, stuttered lyrics, ‘Shaking hips like a hip-hip-hippy’, ‘a little sip-sip-sippy’. 

A few songs later in their set, they performed Back It Up. A track I first heard on Planet Rock Radio. A more commercial country rock song, not as gritty as some of their sounds. Nonetheless, a great song, that inevitably received great reception.

High energy was maintained throughout the set. In between songs they joked and chatted to the crowd (just enough for it to be engaging & humorous, not just waffling to fill a void, which can be the case for some bands/ artists).

TC3 bring a fresh sound to London. A sound I’d like to hear more of (and by their ticket sales, a sound you’d like to hear more of & experience too). A country, classic southern, hard rock band with lyrics & rhythms that reflect their regional identity. Noisy & instrumental. A worthwhile quintessential southern experience. 

GIG REVIEW: The Wombats @ Alexandra Palace 01/10/2015

 
Portaloos, overpriced cider, an array of fast food eateries, band tees and a crowd of fans with sequins glued in an ‘S’ around their eyes… The festival vibe was somewhat created despite being in a 19th century Palace. Recent memories of The Wombats at Reading 2015 instantly flooded back and I could not wait for their set to begin. 

This was the bands first, 10,000+ capacity gig… Exciting to be part of, huh?

  

Following the release of their latest, top 5 Album, the trio performed a strong set of singalongs, inclusive of 9 “Glitterbug” tracks.

Catchy. Up beat. Feel-good. I found myself singing along to their unconventional, slightly random but melodic lyrics. 

The highlights

  • Jump Into The Fog
  • The English Summer
  • Techno Fan

For me, these are the 3 which were most memorable. 

Firstly, Jump Into The Fog, which reached the UKs Top 40 Singles Chart the year it was debuted was my favourite performance of the night. I guess it’s those personal ties and reasons which connect you to a song, and for me, this is ‘one of those songs’. Jump Into The Fog was the first song I ever learned to play full-length on the drums and for that reason it remains to be my favourite Wombats track. Alongside having a personal achievement attached to it, I think it’s undeniabley a favourite for most fans of the band.

Next up, The English Summer.  Catchy, synthless (unusual for post-debut-album Wombats, right?) with a strong vibe of  A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation.  The shortest track of their 2015 release Glitterbug but definitely one of the most effective. Epigrammatic. Short but sweet.

Finally, Techno Fan, which you may recognise following the use of it in EasyJet’s TV ad in 2011. (That’s if you’re not totally familiar with the band, or, if this provoked you to download This Modern Glitch). A track that sucks you in and gets you hooked. Cheesy. Up-beat. Summery. Feel-good. 

(YouTube // easyJet // The Wombats)

GIG REVIEW: Florence & The Machine @ Alexandra Palace, London 21/09/2015

  

Day 1 of a four day sell out at London’s Alexandra Palace: What. A. Show. 

Non-stop anthems. Flawless talent. Atmospheric. Loud. Creative. 

Firstly, the venue. Alexandra Palace is a great standing venue with a brilliant view for all. Great acoustics, sound and lighting. The only negative is its location. Not a direct journey on the tube nor an underground station directly nearby. But what’s an uphill jog to a gig when you’re seeing one of London’s finest vocalists? 

 
 

9.10pm: the lights dimmed, the crowd roared and the band took to the stage.  The backdrop glistened, casting light upon their iconic harp and the spotlight shone on front woman, Florence Welch. Barefoot & dressed in a satin co-ord made up from flared pants and a matching waist coat. The show began, opening with What The Water Gave Me followed by their third studio albums (How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful) leading single Ship To Wreck

The whole show was brilliant. A very energetic performance full of pirouettes, leaps & tiptoe sprinting across the stage. A mixture of singalong anthems and acoustic solos.  A contrasting yet balanced variety of powerful and delicate tones. She was flawless. They were incredible.

The Highlights:

  • Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
  • Cosmic Love
  • Dog Days Are Over

For me, these songs stood out the most. Two of the above are very established, recognisable anthems, which had the the crowd belting the lyrics alongside Florence. The other, more delicate had the audience was awe-stricken by her breathtaking vocal range and ability.