LIVE: Eliza Doolittle @ Assembly Hall, Islington
Do Little? We Beg To Differ!
And like a phoenix from the ashes, she rises...
Assembly Hall made for a perfect venue and location for Eliza Doolittle’s first show back after a lengthy break. The intimate venue, with great views from all sides was buzzing with a mixed crowd and fans of all age groups, the atmosphere was electric, and you could sense the anticipation.
As the lady herself finally arrived on stage, the lights went up and she seamlessly began to roll off a few belters just to get the crowd pumped. As expected, she sounded magical and looked effortlessly cool in a white midriff revealing tee paired with a white mini skirt complete with mesh detail and nude wedges.
During the few moments she stopped to speak to the audience, her excitement was clear, if slightly nervous to be up on stage again and, although she had been away for a while she walked around the stage with confidence and grace as if her last show was the previous night.
In actual fact, Assembly Hall is officially the first venue to see Eliza back on stage since her industry break, and not only that, the first audience to see her perform with her new band, that sounded flawless.
After a deeply endearing chat with the audience, Eliza dropped another first performance from her new album, which won’t be released until October. Even more exciting, she decided to reveal that 'In Your Hands' was the new name to the album.
The new sound is more intense to what you are used to with Eliza, it’s clear to see that she has been pushing her vocal ability to new heights.
As the show progressed, Eliza removed the band. Removed her wedges in exchange for a pair of Nikes too, and was left alone on stage with the piano where she performed a stripped back rendition of Disclosure's 'You and Me' which she is featured on.
Additional stand out tracks were ‘I’ll Waste Your Time’, ‘One in A Bed’, the title track ‘In Your Hands’ and ‘Mr Medicine’.
The show, in all, was a delight. Very refreshing. Eliza’s voice awakens the senses with music that cause you to feel light and happy. Even nostalgic at some moments. Her personality and ability to make the humorously interact with the audience is definitely a big strength. At one point she joined her backing singers and rolled off a short line up of cheesy old and new school hits, just to get the crowd giggling and singing along.
This show was a real statement of intent.
Welcome back Eliza.