Introductions were far from necessary when the lovely Lianne La Havas took to the Scala stage in typically delightful outlandish attire.
Following support acts Marques Toliver and Jessie Ware, the softly spoken London lady simply adjusted her acoustic guitar as she began contentedly strumming for her audience, eyes full of anticipation, before launching into the delectable Don’t Wake Me Up. The gig was streamed live from the legendary London venue, as, BBC Sound of 2012 artist La Havas, performed to an auditorium packed full of already avid fans.
Staging the gig principally as a showcase for her upcoming album material, the tangibly expectant stillness in the room was astounding. Any usual coughing, hushed chattering or whooping was replaced with a wholly collective feeling of pure awe in the face of a truly breathtaking experience curtesy of the youthful artist. La Havas’ deliciously dulcet tones are perfectly in sync with her emotionally mature songs, and the energy she injects with her vocals manages to make reflective tracks Tease Me and Gone sound oddly jolly despite being drenched in melancholy. The velvety-voiced wonder silenced the room with her rendition of single Forget, a fun forceful number which flags up a past flame’s unforgivable failures.
Rounding off an unforgettable show by bringing back onto the stage impressive support act Jessie Ware, humble songstress La Havas closed with scheduled album track Is Your Love Big Enough.
Here at EF the love for Lianne is undeniably huge, for we are certain that she is one bright rising star who is on the super fast track to success, and we can’t think of anyone more deserving.