Live Review: Lucy Spraggan – Stiff Kitten BelfastFormer X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan swept into Belfast this weekend riding high on a sea of very positive reviews and live show success. She was also met by an impressive crowd of avid fans in Belfast’s Stiff Kitten venue.
Spraggan may have had to leave the X Factor (for various reasons), but here unique style of song-writing had already made an impact on many and we knew she would not disappear on us.
Lucy in her trademark bobble hat and casual attire was joined by a bassist and percussionist, and that additional support helped take the pressure of her and enhances the material.
Song wise were presented a nice mix of solo acoustic numbers and tracks with the band. These included her very catchy track Paper Dreams, the emotional Tea and Toast was perfect sing-a-long stuff, a rendition of Kanye West’s Gold Digger was a nice change of pace, ‘Last Night’ is one of Spraggan’s most well known songs and went down a storm with the live crowd here.
What is nice about musicians like this is that they wish to share the story behind a song, rather than simply launch in to it. This really does draw even the more casual of fan in to the performance, maybe some more artists should adopt this approach to a live show?
Lucy also announced her new record contract and upcoming single ‘Lighthouse’, which formed part of her encore. This is a slightly more folk sounding piece of material, but works perfectly. The show finale was the icing on the cake as we were rewarded with the fun song ‘Jeremy Kyle’, about the ITV morning TV host.
This was a very well balanced set. Ms Spraggan was as expected spot on with here style and sound. She also came across as a fun loving singer-songwriter, who really does appreciate the support her loyal fan base are giving her work. Her style she describes as A Flop (a combination of acoustic, folk and hip hop), this makes for some very interesting and inventive sounds.
An album featuring much of this set and some new material will go down a storm I guarantee it. These are feel-good and emotionally charged songs that all have a meaning and are still extremely listenable.
This was an intimate show that ticked all the right boxes. Watch out for those I love tea and toast Tee-shirts at a gig or worn on the street in a town near you.
By Phil Allely