Last Tuesday, I was lucky enough to get a last minute ticket to see Nina at one of my favourite venues in Nottingham. Whilst I had never really heard of her before the opportunity to watch her had come about, when I was asked if I wanted to go I quickly googled her and came across a photo of her stand out pink hair and instantly thought that she’d be my kind of vibe. Whilst I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, I was totally right!
I arrived ‘fashionably late’ to the gig (as I missed my tram) and as the support act Sody began her first song, the room was packed out. I ended up having to go onto the balcony to get a good view. Whilst I cannot fault Sody’s vocal ability as she was obviously a very talented singer, I couldn’t help but feel that she sounded a lot like any other female artist on the scene at the moment. After a couple of songs they all began to blur into one which was a bit disappointing for me. Nevertheless, I went away and listened to her on Spotify and realised that I did enjoy a number of her songs such as ‘Maybe It Was Me.’ As far as live performances went, it wasn’t my favourite.
However, the moment Nesbitt walked on stage, the crowd was electric. I wasn’t sure how big her fan base was as I’d never come across her before, but it is safe to say there are a lot of ‘Nesbitches’ around! The stage was covered in flowers to match the theme of her new album ‘The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change,’ and she looked amazing with her fluorescent hair and grey suit. I definitely have a new girl crush! The thing I loved most about the gig was the huge range of songs – from an acoustic section for her slow and somewhat sad songs such as ‘Last December’ to her far more upbeat, female-empowering songs such as ‘Loyal to Me.’ The crowd was singing along to every word.
Nesbitt also introduced the songs with a brief description of why she wrote the songs and the meaning behind them and whilst I personally am not a fan of artists talking too much between songs, on this occasion it made the gig feel far more intimate and felt as though we were getting to know her.
The highlight of the gig for me was watching a girl with her Nan dance to Nesbitt’s slow and sultry cover of Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic.’ Although only one solo female artist, Nesbitt offers a huge variety of styles within her album ‘The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change,’ which is out now. She created a real roller-coaster of emotions for me and I’m excited to hear about what she will do in the future.
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