Review: Lucy Rose - The Roadmender, Northampton

Lucy Rose, picture by David Jackson
Lucy Rose, picture by David Jackson

Even Lucy Rose admitted her headline gig at the Roadmender on Tuesday was a bit of a weird one.

Joking with the crowd, mid set she conceded it was nice to know she had fans in the town, despite being from neighbouring Warwickshire and never having played Northampton.

Rose released Work It Out, her second LP later this year. The record followed her 2012 debut, with her finding time in between to work with Manic Street Preachers.

Joining her for her UK tour was the Mercury nominated C Duncan and Flyte, both who put in solid support slots.

Rose’s gig should really be remembered for what was a great performance by the young singer-songwriter who has built on and developed a largely acoustic based sound to great effect.

However, many will be left remembering it for the way Rose abruptly halted proceedings mid set to instruct venue security to eject someone who was disrupting the show.

Ironically, as Rose told the Roadmender crowd, this was someone she’d met the same day who had convinced her to add them to the guest list.

After opening with Cover Up and Lines, Rose paused to address the gig-goer who was already starting to irritate her, explaining he’d started doing the one thing she’d asked him not to – essentially loudly heckling the singer.

Despite becoming increasingly angry at his actions, Rose went about ejecting him in a suitably mild mannered way, explained how he’d “blown it” and called security who led him away to cheers from her fans.

Later in her set, Rose admitted she felt bad for getting him thrown out – but in reality, it was a completely justified action and handled perfectly.

Returning to the music, Rose’s set mixed tracks from both her albums.

Joined by a full backing band, Rose switched between acoustic and electric guitars and a keyboard all night.

Highlights of her set included Our Eyes and Like An Arrow, both which perfectly demonstrated her ability of crafting songs bursting with radio friendly pop hooks.

Despite playing to a packed Roadmender, you’d forgive Rose if Northampton wasn’t to feature on a future tour which would be a shame as she’s one of the UK’s most promising singer songwriters.

Lucy Rose played:

Cover Up

Lines

Till The End

Nebraska

She’ll Move

For You

Like An Arrow

Shelter

Shiver

My Life

Middle of the Bed

Klon

Bikes

Our Eyes

Sheffield

Into The Wild

Work It Out

Red Face