GABRIELLE APLIN // ORAN MOR, GLASGOW

GABRIELLE APLIN KICKS OFF HER UK HEADLINE TOUR IN GLASGOW AT BEAUTIFUL VENUE WHICH IS 'ORAN MOR'

GABRIELLE APLIN PERFORMING AT GLASGOW'S ORAN MOR - 18/10/2017
PICTURE BY: EMMA RODGER PHOTOGRAPHY

★★★★☆

Wiltshire born singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin kicked off her UK tour at Glasgow’s iconic Oran Mor following the release of her latest EP “Avalon”. Glitter-glad Aplin bounced on to the stage and started with Sweet Nothing, a hit from her last record, Light Up The Dark in You. She was met with ovation and takes a second to profess her love for the city, take a sip of tea and read us a positive affirmation.

There’s a buzz among the crowd as she plays the opening chords to Panic Cord, a fan favourite from her debut record “English Rain”. Then the song that shot her to stardom in John Lewis’ 2012 Christmas campaign, a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “The Power of Love”. Aplin definitely delivers with the vocals though they’re difficult to hear over the sound of the typical Glasgow crowd. The energy never drops as she powers through tracks such as “That Girl”, a middle finger to the music industry and extremely relevant in light of recent events, and “Fools Love”.

In between tracks she stops to thank the crowd for their enthusiasm and asks them to dance as she leads into her next song, the title track from her second record, production heavy Light up the Dark in You. The crows doesn’t need any encouragement and Aplin acknowledges this with a smile on her face which is now dripping glitter.

She wraps up her set with her biggest hit and an immense sing-along, “Home”. Before leaving the stage Aplin stops again taking a moment to express her gratitude for Glasgow. Aplin’s success can only continue to grow. Her voice will never be anything but beautiful and her lyrics and musical ability sets her apart within the overcrowded folk-pop genre she is breaking free from with her experimental sound on her stunning new EP, “Avalon”.

GABRIELLE APLIN'S UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

Thurs October 19th 2017 - MANCHESTER Cathedral
Fri October 20th 2017 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy 2
Sun October 22nd 2017 - CAMBRIDGE Junction
Mon October 23rd 2017 - BRIGHTON Concorde 2
Tue October 24th 2017 - BRISTOL Trinity
Thurs October 26th 2017 - LONDON ULU
Wed February 21st 2018 - TORONTO Velvet Underground
Thurs February 22nd 2018 - NEW YORK CITY The Bowery Ballroom
Sat February 24th 2018 - CAMBRIDGE Sonia
Sun February 25th 2018 - WASHINGTON, D.C. U Street Music Hall
Tues February 27th 2018 - PHILADELPHIA The Foundry At The Fillmore
Wed February 28th 2018 - COLUMBUS A&R MUSIC BAR
Thurs March 1st 2018 - CHICAGO Bottom Lounge
Sat March 3rd 2018 - DENVER Globe Hall
Mon March 5th 2018 - SALT LAKE CITY Kilby Court
Wed March 7th 2018 - PORTLAND Holocene
Thurs March 8th 2018 - SEATTLE Chop Suey
Sat March 10th 2018 - WEST HOLLYWOOD Troubadour
Sun March 11th 2018 - SAN FRANCISCO Slim's

REVIEW + PHOTOS BY: EMMA RODGER PHOTOGRAPHY