Lily Moore – O2 Academy Brixton – 03.04.18
Just over a month after her last stop at O2 Academy Brixton, Lily Moore returns. After opening the show for Vance Joy in March, she’s doing the same for George Ezra – and if taking to the stage wasn’t a daunting enough process, Ezra’s fans are a screaming, manic lot.
“It’s still pretty surreal to be here,” She tells the Ezralites, or whatever they’re calling themselves, “I keep telling myself it’s just a pub… But it’s obviously bigger than a fucking pub.” Until recently, pub gigs were very much Lily’s bread and butter, and if she wasn’t playing at a local in Brighton the chances are you’d find her busking or curating her own live music night – More Moore at Mau Mau… Thank God that venue exists.
But back to Brixton. Here her set up is simple – just herself and a keyboard player, in front of a sign bearing her name. “I’m Lily Moore… If that wasn’t obvious” she announces, before Lie To Yourself begins, and the scene is set. Within one note, one turn of phrase and a flick of the wrist, it’s clear that those likenesses to renowned divas aren’t incorrect. Lily’s vocal – super soulful, with hints of angst and an air of no-fucks-given – fills the venue, and while those usual support act chatters can be heard early on, they soon stop to witness what is clearly something special, just as the applauds grow throughout the set. When one of the tracks comes to a false ending (love a false end in a song, cheers Lily) she almost seems overcome by the support shown from the crowd. She should definitely get used to it.
Bizarrely, her most recent track 17 doesn’t appear in the set, but Not That Special – from the soon to be released debut EP of the same name – closes the show, by which point she has the audience captivated. Echoes of conversations about “not usually enjoying the support” are apparent, and at this point in the review it’s near-impossible to not write about Lily Moore actually being really special, because she really is. With her debut headline show selling out, Elton playing her on his Beats1 show and an upcoming tour opening for James Bay, anyone present tonight can be one of those to gloat that they saw her first – I usually hate those people, but I’ll be damned if I’m not doing the same myself.
If you want to see more Moore, tickets to Lily’s recently announced Lexington date can be found here.