With some fancy lights that spell out “FOXES” – just in case you forgot why you were where you are – the stage is quite literally set for a soaring show of euphoric pop music.
Opening with ‘Talking To Ghosts’, Louisa Rose Allen (or Foxes), bounds around with intent and confidence, backed by a three-piece band, her powerful vocal travels through a mic stand also adorned with fancy lights and is projected into the ears minds of the crowd.
Playing majorly material from recent debut album Glorious, the thirteen song set also features a number of covers including Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ and Zedd’s ‘Clarity’, the latter of which strongly features Foxes’ vocals – so is it really a “cover”?
Regardless, all songs are delivered with fervour, highlighted by some jaunty dancing and cheesy grins as the crowd lap up the performance; all between song conversations are laced with passionate sincerity and sweet thank yous, indicating the performer may just be as happy to be in attendance as the crowd.
While the tracks ‘Youth’ and ‘Holding Onto Heaven’ are raucously received, it is always going to be a case of “saving the best for last” (i.e. ‘Let Go For Tonight’), and the UK Top 10 hit is a powerful and enchanting way to wrap up an excellent show.
While the internet harks about “unknown to Grammy”, the future looks undeniably bright for Foxes, and with such engaging performances and high calibre hooks, it isn’t hard to visualise stadiums singing their lungs out in response, not just sold out 300 capacity rooms.
Words: Kyle McCormick
Photos: John Graham