We need more St Vincents, that’s what I took from this gig in the heart of Yorkshire on a Monday night. More authentic original female musicians looking ever more powerful on these stages, rather than having the annual drab of karaoke wannabe celebrities on X-Factor, the dancing glam fake smiles of Strictly and the kangaroo cock eating championships in the Australian jungle. Get people of all ages off their arses and into concert halls and clubs to watch something creative, danceable and unmissable. Annie Clark delivered a powerhouse of an innovative performance and this audience lapped every second up – definitely worth missing Bake Off for.
Unfortunately, we had to endure a disco duo for an hour or so beforehand, these two ladies looked like a couple of mums with 2 hours of free babysitting playing CD’s of their youth whilst exhibiting the worst Mum dancing you’ve seen this side of an 80’s wedding. I wondered whether this was a deliberate attempt by St Vincent to say, “This is what we were – Now watch what we can be”. However, I really wish they had let Tallsaint support instead, a local Leeds band with a strong female singer in Louisa Osborn, who is probably the closest we have to Annie Clark right now. They would have been perfect for this audience – opportunity missed, and she was probably in the audience watching!