Gig Review by Amanda Carron

Ella Eyre

Ella Eyre is a 19 year old British singer songwriter, BRIT school educated and signed to Virgin EMI Records. She has already collaborated with many top chart sellers. These include the likes of Tinie Tempah, Bastille, Naughty Boy, and Rudimental, whom she received her first joint number one with. Just last month she could be seen taking the stage by storm with Rudimental at the BRIT awards, going on to win a BRIT Award that same night. One of the highlights of her career so far however, would probably be that she was the runner up for BBC’s Sound of 2014. To find out more about Ella Eyre, an outstanding talented upcoming artist, visit her Twitter and Facebook pages.

The night started off with the growing crowd being shown to the basement in which the gig took place. Flashing multi-coloured spotlights hit the club walls, the drinks were flowing and the atmosphere was amplifying as everyone waited in anticipation for the first act.

The first support act was Jake Isaac. The crowd went silent once the lights dimmed and out came Jake with his guitar by his side. He had an amazing soulful voice. The songs were upbeat and kept the crowd going. Even the technical difficulties experienced during his performance didn’t faze him. The second support act was Javeon, another talented singer/rapper. His songs had a great beat which kept the crowd on their feet. He was accompanied by a DJ and a drummer. Both support acts were crowd pleasers.

Shortly after 10pm the moment everyone had been waiting for had come, Ella Eyre and her band walked onto the stage, causing the crowd to go crazy with cheers and screams. Ella bounced on stage opening up with one of her hit songs, ‘Don’t Follow Me’. She thanked the crowd for their warm welcome and continued onto her next song, ‘Typical Me’. The crowd sang along with her which made Ella smile and enabled her to show us her true talent on stage. She has an amazing raw voice which draws you in, not forgetting her great big bouncy hair which you could not miss!

Ella went on to her third song of the night, ‘Deeper’, which she has recently released and hoped the majority of the crowd would know it. Of course the audience did not disappoint and went wild when she started to belt out the song. This got the crowd singing too. One of my personal favourite moments was when Ella interacted with the crowd and taught us the chorus of her song, ‘Worry About Me’. This made us connect with Ella more closely, and of course she was impressed with the crowds’ vocals! My other favourite moment was when she gave her two backup singers the spotlight to sing solo, adding a personal touch and willingly sharing the spotlight.

‘Nobody Loves Me’ and a cover song of one of her childhood favourites, ‘Good Luck’ by Basement Jaxx, was sung which gave the crowd the opportunity to enjoy an old time favourite too. After every song Ella thanked the crowd for their support and at one stage she even revealed she was nervous at first, but the crowd turned out to be so great and welcoming that all her fears had gone away. To continue the personal connection with her songs, she sung ‘Home’. A song close to her heart, in which she expressed so much emotion whilst singing it, that you really felt every word.

Ella and her band picked up the beat thereafter by singing one of her well known hits that she gained a number one with Rudimental for: ‘Waiting All Night’. The crowd went wild and everyone started to dance and sing along. Ella bounced around the stage with lots of energy, interacting with the crowd by putting her microphone out for them to sing into. Finally, the last song was played, ‘If I Go’. During this performance Ella thanked her support acts and her band mates one by one. Her final thanks were to the crowd for coming out to see her and for their support. With a final drum roll, the gig came to a close and everyone cheered and clapped. Despite not even having released her debut album yet, it is clear that Ella Eyre and her hair are here to stay!

Setlist: Don’t Follow Me // Typical Me // Deeper // Worry Bout Me // Nobody Loves Me // Good Luck // Home // Waiting All Night // If I Go

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