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Emeli Sandé – KOKO, Camden

KOKO, Camden
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It’s not often I can go to a gig and feel like I’ve just been transported back to the 90’s when Massive Attack released that brilliant song ‘Unfinished Sympathy’. However, those powerful nostalgic feelings are exactly what emerged after Emeli Sandé took to the stage at London’s Koko last Tuesday.

Captivating her fans with blissfully unique soul, it’s no surprise that Emeli Sandé managed to sell out one of London’s former theatres turned music venue. After collaborating with the notorious Professor Green in the hit single ‘Read All About It’ in which Emeli clearly stole the scene, this fine young artist is now one of the most talked about singer-songwriters of today – so you can just imagine the buzzing atmosphere that was floating about in the air on Tuesday night!

The audience was enthralled from the moment that blonde quiff opened with ‘Tiger’ and right the way through. Proving she has what it takes to steal the limelight this Christmas, Emeli pumped out some absolutely remarkable piano pounding songs such as ‘Clown’ which was heart felt to say the least. The favourite of the night has to be without question ‘My Kind of Love’. It just felt like Emeli really put her heart and soul into that song and this was definitely evident in the powerful chorus that soared from her mouth.

Throughout the course of the night we were given a mixture of gorgeous piano ballads and singing Adele herself would be proud of. Needless to say it was a fantastic performance and the crowd interaction made it all the more entertaining. This was especially so in the song ‘Mountains’, where Emeli demanded we pay attention to the chorus and join in with her as she sang.

There is clearly a lot more to come from Emeli Sandé and it should be really interesting to see just how far she can go after her forthcoming album is released in February.


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