Gig Review by Fran Prince with Photography by Bianca Barrett

Ella Eyre

The appropriately entitled album tour, Feline, fittingly suits the youthful Ella Eyre’s feisty stage presence and roaring vocals as she illuminates Birmingham’s O2 Academy alongside a duo of fierce female vocalists backing her on the concluding night of her tour.

Ella Eyre

As a singer-songwriter, Ella has formed a resilient vision to un-stitch the everyday chart pop culture of today’s youth music and restore a sense of individuality within the category, with a unique pop-soul genre that combines 60’s girl pop, blues soul, and electro.

Ella Eyre

Radiating a determined and confident identity, she electrifies the arena with All About You. Elongating her entrance she anticipates an assembled crack of screams that reaches the venue’s rafters, before firing onto stage in a glittered cat-suit (apt) as she tempted in the lucky front photographers with a confident air guitar floor plant which radiated her determined feminine diva identity.

Ella Eyre

Though they still withheld a sense of personal space, and could actually see the immaculate solo artist in clear sight, I was not envious of the balcony crowds, as they were cemented to their seats, whilst us in standings felt sieges of vibrations soar across us throughout popular tracks Comeback and Good Times.

Ella Eyre

Slicing the set list in two, a piano instrumental decelerated the energetic Ella and audience, allowing for a new age ‘lighters’ moment during track Even If, as hundreds pulled out their monotonous mobiles. Clichéd to that of most live gigs these days; this unoriginal moment stereotyped Ella with almost all others in the pop star field for me – I guess she can’t be inventive with absolutely everything.

Ella Eyre

Actively echoing her every word with Jermaine Stewart Cover Clothes Off, Ella’s husky vocals structured the slowed down version with a soulful quality. Prevalent single Deeper, re-booted the crowd with the return of strobe lighting and the backing band.

Ella Eyre

Chart sticking hit and DJ grounded track Gravity has established her sound with the sass of Paloma Faith and Rita Ora merged, creating a simple lyric easy to regurgitate, yet it was able to demonstrate her diverse vocals, reaching a power ballad octave range.

An extended version of lead single If I Go completed the set and had the audience repeating the added choruses Ella threw in for good measure.

Ella Eyre

Throwing us back to the 70’s, remastered hit Best of My Love started off the encore, reminding us of her feminine routing throughout the set. Finally new dance track Together ended the set on a high and ear-splitting applauds suggested Ella and her fans will be reminiscing on this moment for years to come, as she continues her monumental storm over UK female pop vocalists throughout the current era.

Ella Eyre

Set List: All About You / Comeback / Worry Bout Me / Waiting All Night (Rudimental cover) / Two / Fall Down / Even If / We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off (Jermaine Stewart Cover) / Alone Too / Deeper / Always / Gravity / Home / Don’t Follow Me / If I Go / Best Of My Love (The Emotions Cover) / Together

Ella Eyre

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