Last week I had the pleasure of experiencing the outstanding vocalist Ella Eyre live onstage.
Helping to launch the new Bose ‘Listen for Yourself’ headphones, Ella first collaborated with David Arnold in a live recording of Bastille’s Pompeii, the audience were invited to listen to this recording to the headphones making it a truly immersive experience and was highly enjoyable (except for the dude shouting that his headphones weren’t working…the irony). She then took the stage as a tidal wave of energy and belting vocals, tearing through a set of six songs which truly put a rocket up the audiences backside and had us all dancing our little socks off from beginning to end. It was safe to say she blew me away with her performance, a welcome surprise to say the least and it was amazing to be able to experience that in such a small space. (The Hospital Club’s basement room). For such a small lady she definitely has a vocal range and ability that matches the likes of Adele, Aretha and her namesake Ella Fitzgerald.
On then to the amazing Oxjam Music Festival Launch Night. Technically speaking, Oxjam is one of the biggest music festivals in the UK. There are dozens of events featuring thousands of artists in cities across the country, the charity festival (this year taking place Wednesday October 1 – Friday October 31) is run by volunteers and all the proceeds go towards Oxfam’s anti-poverty initiatives. I was fortunate enough to attend the launch night which saw the return of the Ting Tings to stage as well as slots from Indiana and Bipolar Sunshine with a whole host of lovelies taking to the decks, such as Clara Amfo, Huw Stpehens (the evenings host) and Radio 1’s Phil Taggart. It was an incredible night, with Bipolar Sunshine being my highlight as well as when Clara dropped my fave Big Boi and Outkast track – Shutterbug. (“song of life” as quoted from Miss Amfo!)Hopefully i’ll get to catch a lot more of the gigs as there are loads happening just in the London area!
Last but not least I took a trip to ‘Crush Palace’ to witness one of my favourite artist ever, ever, ever! The incredible Karen O. With the release of her first solo album ‘Crush Songs’ Karen has been on a mini tour to promote the acoustic, stripped back album which flies against her usual sprightly punk sounds when she fronts the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The gig was one of the best I’ve been to this year, the intimate setting of Bush Hall helped encompass the beauty of Karen’s lyrics and ethereal vocal style. It did make me chuckle to see the audience were all united in our Karen O tribute uniform, with every girl pretty much rocking a red lip and bangs ha ha! Special mention has to go to her support act ‘Moses’ who also joined her onstage for most of her set. Moses is another Brooklyn based talent with a penchant for jazz infused folk music and he is definitely someone I will be playing on my radio show!
Thats it for this weeks music musings but I’m sure there will be more!
New Mixcloud of last weeks show coming soon.