Live Review: Foxes at Leadmill, Sheffield. 23rd May 2014.

After successfully impressing hoards of people with her great vocals and musical ability featuring on tracks with acts like Rudimental and Fall Out Boy, it has created a mass of excitement around Foxes. That was echoed clearly by the packed out Leadmill crowd encompassing everyone from young teenage fans to older, middle aged groups all of which out to have a good time and find out more about this hype surrounding Foxes.

First up were Prides, a three piece indie meets synth pop act from Glasgow. Their tracks were good and their upbeat sound started the night well getting the crowd moving and fired up for the main act. There may be plenty of other acts doing a similar thing sound wise at the moment but with an infectious rhythm to their songs and this being such a big support slot, they are a band to watch out for over the coming months.

As soon as the lights dimmed, the screams started greeting the young 20-something onto the stage. Throughout the entire set she was brilliant, hitting high note after high note and creating wonderful vocal harmonies all while dancing around the stage creating a rather stunning visual with her oversized shirt-cum-cape flowing behind her. Playing songs from her debut album, one of her biggest hits to date ‘Youth’ was played early on, just four songs in, receiving a wonderful reception and huge sing along something which always seemed to humble the very gracious Foxes.

By taking the credible and admirable route of relying on her talent and powerful vocals to achieve her pop sound along with those choice collaborations has ultimately and rightfully resulted in the success she is currently enjoying. Fundamentally, her songs are pop tracks but her wonderful voice proves she’s a real contender chartwise whether singing a ballad style track or uptempo dance floorfiller.

Title track ‘Glorious’, massive single ‘Holding Onto Heaven’ and a medley of Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ and ‘Every Teardrop’ by Coldplay, which was a beautifully serene and breath-taking moment of calm in the middle of the set, contributed to a very strong performance from the young, female singer. She may have been described as the girl next door because of her looks but she proves she has some bite from her lyrics and stage presence. She owned the stage from opening notes to final chords of closer and biggest single release to date ‘Let Go For Tonight’. She may only have a small back catalogue to pick from at this point but every single moment was well executed and things can and will only get bigger and better for Foxes.


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