Tuesday, 23 October 2012

lianne la havas // 21/10/2012 Bristol O2 Academy

source:  Photograph by Nick Rice from clashmusic.com, edited by me

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago in my monthly music feature that I would be going to see Lianne La Havas at the O2 Arena in Bristol, I did, and she did not disappoint! The O2 was actually a lovely venue to see her in, although it is the biggest music venue in Bristol its layout made the gig quite intimate... although to be honest I think I could still be spellbound by her in a huge arena. 

Support was provided by the lovely Lewis Watson, who was actually an old friend of the guy I went to the gig with! His new EP, 'another four sad songs' (the first EP being called 'it's got four sad songs on it btw') is out now. My favourite sad song from his set, which was actually quite uplifting, was 'Sink or Swim'... if you want to know what to expect think Ben Howard musically, crossed with One Direction/14 year old girls heart throb looks wise...! I'll be seeing him again on Monday at Thekla :)

source:   tweeted by Lianne La Havas, of the Bristol crowd!

I first saw Lianne on the Jools Holland show last year, me and my boyfriend were both charmed by her kooky style and captivating voice. Almost exactly a year on and finally seeing her live, she definitely didn't fall short of expectations. She looked amazing. A casual look of high waisted black and white striped trousers with a white 90's style polo neck crop top was made stage-worthy with a stunning white bolero jacket with huge puff sleeves and embellishment. It looked like it had been customised from an 80s wedding dress, you can see it in the picture above from Wilderness festival. This exaggerated silhouette is typical of her distinctive style; partly androgynous partly hyper-feminine. 

Although obviously she only has her debut album in her repertoire, the show was really mixed up and dynamic. Her fantastic band and backing singer joined her for rousing tunes such as the title track of the album, 'Is your Love Big Enough', but she kept it quiet and stripped back for tear jerkers such as 'Gone'.  'Gone' had to be my favourite of the whole set, it gave the whole crowd palpable chills and highlighted not just La Havas's flawless vocals but also her skills as a touching song writer; 'love is not blind, it's just deaf and it is dumb', proving why she has been nominated for a Mercury Award this year.  Another highlight of the gig, apart from all the snippets of friendly chat, was 'Age' which was the final song of the encore and featured a lovely quiet singalong from the crowd.

I'll leave you with a live video of 'Gone', I hope you enjoyed this post! And hello new followers, please do say hello!


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