VERGE GIGS: ELIZA SHADDAD AT OSLO, HACKNEY

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Monday’s are infamous for miserable faces, packed trains and Sunday night’s left-overs; but we had the pleasure of looking forward to seeing the brilliant Eliza Shaddad who never disappoints.

After the release of her fantastic new album Future, we all headed down to Hackney to finally hear it live and it was definitely worth the wait. Whilst on stage, Eliza revealed that the album took around two years to complete and the proof is definitely in the pudding. Throughout the project there are incredible sounds, a sea of influences and brilliant lyrics, which can only be formed from pure dedication and patience.

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Opening the evening with a collection of beautiful melodies was Carmody, a London based singer- songwriter who challenges the norms of alternative music. Her warm vocals accompanied by brilliant stage banter and a sweet presence really gave us a feel of what to expect as the night progressed. She performed crowd favourites whilst adding something special and brand new each time; leaving an audience of quiet swaying heads followed by an eruption of applause.

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With red cups and gold confetti scattered across the room, Eliza graced the prom-themed stage with nothing but charm and instantly demanded our full attention. Her extraordinary wardrobe choice of a cow-print skirt and jacket set, beneath a vintage varsity jacket was bold but genius alongside her powerful vocals and raw emotion.

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The passion was felt within the entire venue as she appeared to be spilling her heart out in front of us, full of nothing but pride for her long-awaited album, leaving us in awe and admiration. There was no holding back, no stone unturned and no note left unsung, as she took us through the journey she went through in the depths of Devon whilst recording.

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Although the room fell deep into concentration for each song, there was an impressive amount of us singing along, dancing to every beat and even interacting with Eliza on stage, filling in those slightly awkward moments when a guitar string snaps. Eliza’s confidence in her work, yet shy response to the audience’s positive reaction was nothing short of lovable; allowing us to really get to know her behind the music, which was an absolute pleasure.  The energy of the band kept everyone excited as we witnessed nothing but great musicians almost becoming one in every song played- and of course the humble Eliza allowed each member a moment in the spotlight as she thanked them all individually throughout the show. This show was definitely one of our favourite evenings out so far, full of great people, great performances and great energy. Eliza, we’re pretty sure you have London’s heart.