Lucy Rose @ Gorilla, Manchester

Lucy Rose @ Gorilla, Manchester

A couple weeks ago, I had the awesome opportunity to see Lucy Rose live in Manchester’s Gorilla.

Lucy Rose has been circling the folk scene (and music scene in general) for a while now, collaborating with the likes of Ghostpoet and for any Bombay Bicycle Club fans out there, you’ll have probably seen her playing live with them on their past few years of touring. First and foremost, however, she’s an incredibly impressive artist in her own right, proving this in her first full-length album back in 2012 and solo tours since then.

Before she took stage, we had the pleasure of seeing up-and-coming folk artist The Half Earth. Taking a listen to his first single ‘Light Breaks’, released this year, there’s a definitely Bon Iver vibe that could’ve been difficult to translate into a live performance. However, this young, Sheffield-based artist really managed to give a stunningly convincing and powerful performance that did his music justice whilst also keeping this surprisingly large audience captivated. His contrastingly humble and relaxed demeanor between songs only improved this.

The atmosphere had been wonderfully set then for the rest of the gig and Lucy Rose came on stage admirably early. Similar to The Half Earth, with such a relaxed album like ‘Like I Used To’ it was a gamble to see whether it would play well in a standing concert hall. But not only did she give her tracks a new vibrancy and energy you can’t get from record, we got through an lengthy 18-song set without even realizing it.

Highlight would have to be the distinct intro to ‘Middle of the Bed’ playing and pretty much everyone’s faces in the crowd lighting up to it. Not to mention a play of one of her latest track, Cover Up, which was easily one of the most taming yet immense live performances I’ve ever seen. I went home further admiration for this quiet little folk mouse (especially after telling the audience about her struggles with makeup – when wiping her eyes became a little too obvious and a little too concerning) and a packet of her personally branded tea.

Look out for her next album being release this July and if you ever get the chance, I highly recommend seeing her stuff live.

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