Gig Review by Fran Prince with Photography by Bianca Barrett

Foxes

Since the last time I witnessed English, singer-songwriter Foxes on her first album tour ‘Glorious’ her style seems to have expanded to resonate with a huge demographic, as the fans of Birmingham’s O2 Academy 2 comprised of all ages.

Foxes

Upon an suspenseful blackout a female voice resonated through the venue, startling the audience into a minuscule silence as track Holding onto Heaven begun, before a deafening crack of screams unfolded as Foxes silhouetted figure entered onto stage.

Foxes

Backed with a full band, her gigs are always personalised with her minimalist stage, mounted with her name in big, bold lettering and only herself solo spotlighted front of stage.

Foxes

Enthused on the final night of her tour, she states it’s exactly “Two years since her release of her debut” which initiated the gripping intro to Youth, which the audience sung in paralleled unison. As the instrumental intensified in tempo and volume, Foxes remained crisp and clear, able to cut through the club like backing with her soulful velvety vocals; whilst the audience resembled an Ibiza dance pit of repetitive jumping.

Foxes

After 2014’s Live Lounge cover of Pharrell’s Happy, that achieved her support on his tour; Foxes returned with a mash-up of Ed Sheeran’s Photograph aside Years and Years, Shine. This evocative rendition was supported by her pianist and displayed the fresh talent of the UK music scene.

Foxes

Her electric-pop playlist continued throughout her new tracks Body Talk and Better Love, both to which are dance categorised tracks to be featured on her forthcoming album ‘All I Need’ to be released in February 2016.

Foxes

Renowned as vocalist on Zedd’s track Clarity, she reminds us of Florence Welch come Ella Eyre, with her eclectic vocal range and girl-pop, yet fierce style. Awkwardly referring to us as “Brighton”, Foxes laughed off her mistake and quickly corrected herself. Luckily for her, Birmingham are a forgiving bunch and simply laugh with her.

Foxes

The encore ensures the audience leave the gig contently energised, with an over strobed execution of Let it Go For Tonight, as we are blinded by white lights, which stay in the periphery of our sight as we exit the venue, eagerly awaiting her next tour.

Foxes

Support act Izzy Bizu, is a capable and cutesy solo artist with a nostalgic sound similar to Rebecca Ferguson and Amy Winehouse, with a bluesy and powerful vocal. 2016 may just be a fame-maker for this new lady with her 50’s music genre.

Izzy Bizu

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