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King Tuts greets the hotly-tipped Holly Humberstone this evening on the back of a whirlwind year for the Lincolnshire-raised singer-songwriter. After releasing her debut EP over lockdown (2020’s ‘Falling Asleep At The Wheel’), she began 2021 by being named runner-up on the BBC’s Sound of 2021, before reaching over two million monthly listeners on Spotify and selling out her debut headline tours on both sides of the Atlantic, including appearances on James Corden and Jimmy Fallon’s TV shows.
Humberstone receives a rapturous reception from the excitable crowd from the moment she steps onstage. Surrounded by instruments, she loops the vocal which forms the base harmony for opener ‘Vanilla’ and gradually builds the track until it reaches the “I had my best nights without you” send-off.
The 21 year-old elicits a religious-like devotion from a loyal following, with every word sang back at her fervently. The beautiful ‘Deep End’ and Billie Eilish-esque ‘Haunted House’ being prime example of her knack for maintaining a captivating intimacy in a venue packed full of people. The stripped-back sonics providing a platform for her deeply personal lyrics to lay themselves bare.
Humberstone is far from a one-trick pony though, and certainly knows her way round a pop song. ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet’, a co-write with Matty Healy of The 1975, is packed to the brim with chiming 80’s synths and off-kilter drum samples, and is an absolute joy. Outstanding recent single ‘Scarlett’ contains what may well be the most infectious chorus of 2021 and ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’, with which Humberstone encores with this evening, begins at its most bare before loop pedals are used to their full capabilities, draping the track with gorgeous melody and infectious hooks to conclude a wonderful show.
Holly Humberstone has fast become the face and sound of alternative youth, with a dedicated young following clearly enthralled at being in her presence in such an intimate setting. She’s a relatable figure, and is refreshingly socially aware - Humberstone has a sustainable clothing swap shop called the Fifth Sister Swap Initiative which is set up at every venue she plays to allow fans to swap clothes with one another as an alternative to fast fashion. With such a socially aware figurehead with an ability of consistently writing songs of this quality, the kids will be alright with Holly Humberstone at the top of their playlists.
A photo gallery of the show is available to view at the following link (All Photographs courtesy of Stewart Iain Fullerton Photography):
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