Words: Lauren Simpson
Image: Neil Munro
Lucy Rose has achieved a lot in her short career so far, picking up a fan in Radio 1’s Fearne Cotton and releasing her debut album Like I Used To to great praise, so it was a surprise to hear her say she was worried no one would turn up to her Glasgow show.
After a confusing start with concern over the barriers in the venue, Lucy took to the stage and slid onto a small stool at the front, accompanied by a four-piece band who really helped bring her album to life.
She covered a lot of the album’s ground, including Night Bus, Middle of the Bed and the brilliant Bikes, which provoked one of the biggest sing-a-longs of the evening. There were times, however, when I felt Lucy lacked energy on stage; I really just wanted her to let loose, get off her stool for some of the more upbeat songs and work the crowd. Though that being said, a lovely highlight was unreleased track The Fire, which Lucy played acoustically alone. She claimed she becomes a “nervous wreck” whenever she plays the song, and the audience applauded her honesty.
Lucy appeared quite shy and reserved, but she still managed to banter with the crowd, talking to a mother and daughter combo and a girl at the front who knew all the words, as well as shouting out a couple who had been kissing throughout the gig, which echoed laughter throughout the building.
After leaving the stage she quickly returned for an encore of Don’t You Worry, and it showed that Lucy had really taken to the Glasgow crowd when she decided to end on Be Alright, which she hadn’t played on the tour before.
Lucy Rose may have been unsure if she would pull in an audience in Glasgow, but after filling an hour with her sweet and sincere songs, I doubt it will be long before she- and they- return.