If your entrance music is Pink Floyd’s ‘Great Gig In The Sky’, as Lucy Rose’s was, then your set is going to have to be something special to follow it. Her performance was of such a high standard that the entrance music seemed apt. The crowd watched every song in stunned, appreciative silence. Her vocals were just as good, haunting and beautiful as they are on the album.
Her set began with ‘First’ and the subtle use of echo and reverb made Lucy’s vocals even more stunning. The live version Lucy and her band played had a much more rousing and uplifting ending than the album version. I was impressed by her backing band, the female backing singer in particular was very talented.
The next track ‘Red Face’ again sounded more energetic live with a very forceful ending. Not every song was played in this fashion though, ‘Shiver’ showcased Lucy’s vocals and guitar playing in a stripped back and beautiful rendition.
‘Night Bus’ began with just Lucy on her own, in her usual soulful and moving style, before the rest of the band joined in. Her vocals were flawless throughout but during this song in particular they were nothing short of amazing. Her performance was more than good enough to distract from the roof vibrating constantly from the band playing next door.
This gig was used to showcase a small amount of new material before leading into ‘Middle Of The Road’. This song seemed brighter and more upbeat than on the album. This enticed some audience participation, but nowhere near as much as the final song of the set.
The set ended with possibly her most famous song ‘Bikes’. During the chorus every time the lyric was ‘everybody scream out loud’ the audience all screamed. During the entirety of the gig Lucy seemed genuinely shocked and pleased by the audience turnout and their reactions to the songs. When they begged for an encore she came back on and played ‘Don’t You Worry’ before going to the merchandise stand to meet the fans, and of course to sell her own blend of tea and her jam.