Gig Review and Photography by Sophie Jones

Eliza and the Bear

As I head down to the O2 Academy, Birmingham. The night is drawing in, it’s cold and the air is damp. Upon reaching the Academy it doesn’t look like there’s a gig on, there are a handful of people standing around already waiting to see Eliza and the Bear, chatting amongst themselves.

I check the time and its 7:10pm the doors were due to open 10 minutes ago. Eventually a member of security pops her head out the door to announce there is a slight delay and we would be let in, in 5 minutes. True to her word we were let in at 7:15.

Charlotte Carpenter

As Charlotte Carpenter took to the stage there were approx. 40 people inside the venue all stood like statues not a single movement?

Charlotte Carpenter

Charlotte was giving it her best efforts playing her Indie/Folk songs and engaged with the crowd in between tracks but the crowd were very unresponsive. I felt empathy towards her for her efforts.

Charlotte Carpenter

Her sound reminded me of Amy McDonald and a little Jake Bugg esk. Her performance was great and vocals were strong. Before going into her final song ‘Take It All’ she announced that she will be back soon on her own headline tour on 27th November at the Hare & Hounds in Birmingham.

Lisbon

Up next was Newcastle boys Lisbon. As the lights went down, murmurs from the crowd could be heard.

Lisbon

The boys came out with upbeat alternative tracks which got the odd head bob and sway out the crowd. Matthew Varty, (vocals of the band) points out to the crowd that they are too quiet, and the room is too quiet before going into the next track.

Lisbon

Before the lads went into a track called ‘Hustle’ someone from the crowd shouted “Whooooo”, in return Matthew returned the same gesture and it went back and forth before then going into next the song. That was the most noise participation out of the crowd I heard all night!

Eliza and the Bear

It was now time for Eliza and the Bear the room was looking more like there was a show going on now, I’d estimate there were 70-80 people starting to move in.

As the lads took to the stage as the intro music played through the speakers and the crowd cheered and clapped. They went straight into fan favourites, ‘Friends’ then onto Upon ‘The North’, and ‘WHYB’ they then continued to plough through the set with the fans singing along.

Eliza and the Bear

The band were full of energy and putting on a good show; the crowd became more receptive and were bopping and singing along with the bands efforts.

Eliza and the Bear

Eliza and the Bear finished their set off with ‘Light You Up’ and ‘Cold’. Overall it was a good effort and performances by all the artists on the stage tonight but unfortunately the crowd were lacking and could have been a bit livelier.

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