Review: Lucy Rose at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Lucy Rose
Lucy Rose
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Billed as a festival warm-up gig (though you and I know it’s not really a warm-up in the traditional sense; nobody would pay to hear someone sing Do-Re-Mi for a bit), singer-songwriter Lucy Rose visited Portsmouth for what is probably her last UK headline show of the year.

In order to limber up for her big sets at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Rose delivered her festival setlist (and more during the encore) to a near-full Wedgewood Rooms.

The short-but-sweet set of innocent, graceful pop mixed with plenty of full-band crescendos made up much of her show. For me, Rose really came into her own when the spotlight was simply on her, perched on a stool with just an acoustic guitar for company.

Shiver and encore track Nightbus felt very sincere and heartfelt.

For main set closer Bikes, Rose sang: ‘Listen up, listen here, everybody scream now.’

The crowd did here and they will at Reading and Leeds.