Laura Marling live at Royal Festival Hall. Might actually want to stress that it was Laura Marling and Friends live at Royal Festival Hall. This show not only had a steller set by Laura (finally this was the first time I’ve heard her songs with full band and everything), you also got a showcase of friends who Laura met throughout her career who have kindly performed at the event.
It was a nice event giving audience a feel of bands and musicians interacting, tributing and playing together as a community / collective (heck we even had Sons of Noel and Adrian, part of the Willkommen collective playing).
Most of the bands I’ve seen before, but obviously none of them at Royal Festival Hall, the venue, being a pretty posh one for classical symphonies and performances, was great at projecting music the way it should be heard. Alessi and Peggy Sue were two examples who I felt sounded ten times better than previous performances, just because of the venue upgrade (consider it as +STR in dungeons and dragons or something).
Laura was really shy throughout the gig, you could tell that she was nervous doing speeches but she nonetheless powered through them as well as her actual performance. It all ended in traditional style with all the artists coming up on stage and singing / playing Crawled Out of the Sea.
I missed out on seeing Emmy at Pure Groove but granted I wouldn’t get photopit access if I went to Emmy and I’d be potentially missing Andrew Bird or Alessi, i decided to give Emmy a miss (sorry Emmy ) and stay for the entire Laura Marling show. Gig clashes sucketh
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