Review: Lucy Spraggan at Southampton Guildhall

Lucy Spraggan
Lucy Spraggan
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A year ago this week, a quirky girl from Yorkshire called Lucy Spraggan was the talk of The X Factor auditions after charming the audience with her song Last Night about waking with regrets after an alcohol- fuelled evening.

Although she ultimately withdrew from the competition, she gained enough attention to earn a recording contract with Columbia and last month released her first album with the label, Join The Club.

Opening with her summer single Lighthouse got the show off to a lively start and there were clearly a good number of Spraggan fans in attendance as many of the songs turned into sing-alongs, particularly Tea and Toast and, of course, Last Night.

Written for solo acoustic, some of her lyrics were lost in the bigger production but Lucy carried the audience with her enthusiasm. Teenage girls were hanging on her every word and it was quite engaging to see that she’s yet to lose her amazement at playing relatively large venues.