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Lily Moore – The Lexington – 20.06.18

Lily Moore is playing her second headline date, and just like her first, it’s a sell out. Following years of busking and curating music nights, her incredible knack for a heartfelt ballad delivered with a stunning vocal has seen her compared to some of the UK’s best loved female icons of the last few years.

“It’s bit different being the main course,” she tells an adoring audience following her first track, and alluding to a year of opening for acts including George Ezra and James Bay, “I like it.” On popular streaming services (and unpopular ones too, probably) there’s just one four-track EP of hers to listen to. 17 – the second track unveiled from it, and one of the more upbeat moments – is a little more subdued in a live setting, although her delivery is far from it: “I got a bit carried away at the end there.” Her mid-track banter is on point, ensuring that when she does inevitably make an even bigger mark on the music world, she’s ready to address them. A shy performer is endearing for while, but one whose character has you looking forward to the speaking between the songs makes you want to keep splashing out on the tickets; you don’t get the lols from the record.

Of course, four songs do not make a set, so thankfully we’re treated to some new stuff too, and some for the first time. Walking Away is a huge, angsty ballad that sees her giving all the diva snarls and arm moves, while Do This For Me is a more gentle moment. There’s also one that she declares is a rare, happier moment in the set, and she’s not wrong; it’s happier, and that is rare, but that’s fine! “This next song is special to me… But it’s called Not That Special,” Lily announces, before belting out the track that caught the attention of most of the evening’s attendees, before closing with You’ll Never Know. She doesn’t go off in between, however, due to an encore-phobia based on real life events.

Lily Moore is playing her third headline show at Omeara on 2nd October, and just like her first two, it’s sure to be a sell out. (So get your tickets here.)

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