Live Review: Zuzu @ The Bodega

An up-and-coming indie rock sensation from Liverpool, Zuzu brought her winning stage presence and empowering tunes to The Bodega's intimate stage.

Nottingham’s music scene is something that I continuously try not to take for granted. I have attempted to attend as many live shows as I can and support as many local music venues as possible. The Bodega is my favourite live music venue in Nottingham due to the intimacy of the gigs and (often) the opportunity to meet the artist after – something that is really special. On 1st March this year, Zuzu reminded me of exactly why I adore the music scene in my favourite city. Playing at The Bodega and supported by local talent Blondes and Munkey Junkey, this night was filled with bouncing energy and an influx of inspiration in the form of an independent female musician.

Image courtesy of Kevin Barrett.

23-year-old Zuzu launched into a set which had me singing, dancing, smiling, and feeling empowered. Even though there were a couple of songs which admittedly, I did not know, I still enjoyed every second of her performance due to her zestful energy and genuine niceness in responding to the audience and engaging with everyone who was watching her. She injected a real piece of herself into The Bodega that night in the form of her Liverpudlian pride; this is something that most definitely resonates in her music and her individual presentation as an independent female musician.

Get Off was undoubtedly my favourite song from the evening. Zuzu has a talent for writing catchy melodies with empowering lyrics, and these two factors resonated in my head after she’d sung this particular song. The angelic harmonies and unity between her and Munkey Junkey on stage when he sang backing vocals in the chorus was something pretty powerful. She evoked the presence of an almost older sister to younger female fans, evoking the idea that she could relate to our adolescent problems and offering her songs as a solution.

'She injected a real piece of herself into The Bodega that night in the form of her Liverpudlian pride; this is something that most definitely resonates in her music'.

Zuzu’s stage presence was, for me, what made the performance. Her unity with her band members and simultaneous connection with the audience made the gig feel that much more intimate. It’s no wonder why her fan-base is rapidly growing and her most popular song All Good now has over half a million streams on Spotify. I am excited to see where Zuzu goes next with her lyrical exploration and, as Clash Magazine describes, her ‘euphoric typhoon of ooh-ed harmonies’ This night was nothing short of inspirational and empowering, showing what is possible for future female musicians.

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