XOYO London, 12th MAR 2014
Big hair, big voice and hotly tipped to be the big success of 2014, Ella Eyre performed her first ever headline show at London’s underground club XOYO.
Previously featured on electronic music quartet Rudimental’s smash hit Waiting All Night, Ella has generated a hype nearly as big as her hair! High energy, fierce dance moves and enough hair whipping that even Willow Smith couldn’t pull off, Ella Eyre bounced around the stage, giving a performance that really was worthy of arena status. Dressed in an Egyptian bodysuit and custom made ear-rings with her lioness logo, Ella looked every inch the star.
Don’t Follow Me was the opener track followed by Typical Me before she launched in her debut single Deeper. Giving fans an insight into the more personal side of Ella’s life, she gave a solid and heartfelt performance of her new track Home. Later, thanking Rudimental for putting her name out there, she gave a vigorous performance of Waiting All Night which was a definite crowd pleaser.
With only a few songs released and her debut album tucked away for release in just a few months time, Ella performed a cover of her childhood favourite Basement Jaxx’s Good Luck which she has previously sang on Studio Brussel.
At just 19 the future for Ella Eyre is bright and with heaps of festivals in the pipeline, this is a name you should not be sleeping on! Despite the success of Ella’s set, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed by the venue and the chosen support acts. Disgraceful organising on club XOYO’s behalf left fans not only agitated that doors opened one hour later than advertised, but there was also no staff inside to guide the crowd through to the stage area. They say bad things come in sets of three and this was proven to be true shortly after the first support act, Jake Isaac, took to the stage. Thankfully, despite the lighting failing two songs into his set, Isaac seemed unfazed and continued his set in darkness, later joking about the romance of the setting! Full of charm and acting like a true professional the technical issues didn’t stop this set from being well received.
Jave-On was next to continue the bad-streak, performing songs from his debut album Mercy. Unfortunately his songs sounded invariably the same – mass produced club beats and weak monotone vocals that dragged on somewhat. Switching the support acts around would have made for a better lead up to Ella’s phenomenal 40 minute set.