Last night saw Lindsay Ell play a one-off UK gig at ‘The Grace’ in London, as a stop off before heading to play a series of dates in Germany. The show had sold out in no time, so it was no surprise to see a packed crowd when walking into the glitterball filled venue.
The night was kicked off by Jake Morrell, one of the fastest rising stars of the UK country scene, whose set was the perfect mix of fun and great country music, working the crowd nicely and adding to the excitement to the night. It was the first time I’d seen Jake perform, and there is no doubt now, that I’d go see him again.
After around a twenty minute gap, Lindsay appeared on the stage. At first she was head down, focusing 100% on her guitar and creating the kind of sound that only Lindsay Ell can create. Every single eye in the room was on the stage, and after a couple of minutes, Lindsay looked up, said ‘How ya doing London!’ (to a huge cheer) and then broke into ‘Mint’. This was a great start to the night, made even better by morphing the song into ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough; at the end. Already, it was clear that this was going to be a fun night.
Much of the night saw Lindsay play tracks from her hit album ‘The Project’. Songs such as ‘Champagne’, ‘Waiting on You’ and ‘Good’ were met with rapturous applause – and throughout Lindsay let it be known how much she appreciated the UK crowd (and the feeling is absolutely mutual).
The set was also interspersed with covers (including motown and John Mayer), with my personal favourite being a stunning version of Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’.
Lindsay also introduced us to a new song, ‘How Good’ – judging by the reaction of the crowd, it might seriously be considered as a potential future release, while her latest single, ‘I Don’t Love You’ was stunningly good – we’ve all got a lot to look forward to with Lindsay Ell 2!
Later in the set she asked for requests, and ‘Castle’ was shouted by a few (including members of the Belles and Gals team) – she performed this brilliantly and followed it up with the atmospheric ‘Space’ (a huge personal favourite of mine).
At one point late in the evening, her pedal stopped working, meaning a switch to full acoustic, but it made absolutely no difference – place a guitar in Lindsay Ell’s hands and she’ll create magic anyway. The night ended with the high energy ‘Criminal’ – the perfect song to end!
Last night was as feel good a night you can have when heading out to a gig. Lindsay Ell knows how to a work a crowd brilliantly, at various stages standing away from the mic and letting the crowd do the work (it genuinely felt that everyone in the venue knew every word to every one of her songs). This created an almost party atmosphere and there just felt a huge amount of love in the room – she might be from Calgary, but she is certainly fast becoming an honorary Brit! Germany, you’re in for a treat!
Review written by Nick Cantwell (twitter.com/nickbelles_gals)
Image courtesy of Lesley Hastings (twitter.com/lesleyhastings)