11 June 2016 at The Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
On a rainy Saturday night when the rest of Nottingham seemed to be elsewhere watching the football, I happily joined a small but excited audience to watch Ladyhawke at The Rescue Rooms.
Support for the evening was Devon singer-songwriter Alice Jemima. Mixing a sweet and sultry breathy vocal with electronic backing, her catchy sound was a treat to listen to and I can see why she is supporting Ladyhawke for a few dates on this tour.
Her own songs including Dodged a Bullet and So were well received as was her take on the Blacksteet song No Diggity. Her new EP Liquorice is released on 17 June and you can catch her on tour now.
Website – alicejemima.com
Out to promote her new album Wild Things, Pip Brown, aka Ladyhawke took to the stage to give us a set of both new and old tracks during her set. Standing behind a mike stand covered in lights, the New Zealand born singer looked relaxed as she opened with the title track from the new album.
Moving through the set we had new tracks interspersed with some of the older songs which got the crowd moving and dancing. It’s always interesting to watch the reaction of the audience when presented with newer songs and it was lovely to see them really getting behind tracks from the latest album including A Love Song and Golden Girl.
Pip has always been very open about her anxiety and how it can make her feel, especially when playing live, but I can’t say I saw any hint of this during the evening. Her humility and appreciation of the crowd after each song, even so far as telling us we were lovely, was a rare treat nowadays.
The room may not have been full to capacity, but the collective certainly enjoyed the proceedings and cheered loudly for an encore when the band left the stage after an hour.
Finishing up with two tracks from her debut album, she returned to the stage to give us the brilliant Paris Is Burning and her biggest hit to date My Delirium which saw everyone join in and cheer loudly.
It was something of a short and sweet set clocking in at just over an hour, but a lot was packed into that time and the audience didn’t seem to mind too much. The songs have a definite 80’s feel to them and are catchy enough to get you singing along. In fact, I left still singing the closing number as I walked home!
A thoroughly enjoyable evening and if you haven’t seen Ladyhawke live, I would recommend you catch her on the remainder of the tour if you can.
Website – ladyhawkemusic.com