Hollie Cook, The Wedgewood Rooms, review: ‘The summer vibes radiated from the stage’

Hollie Cook was at the Wedgewood Rooms. Picture: Paul Windsor
Hollie Cook was at the Wedgewood Rooms. Picture: Paul Windsor

It’s an early start to tonight's show, but The Wedgewood Rooms filled up nicely for British reggae singer Hollie Cook on Saturday night. 

Backed by the excellent General Roots, Hollie exudes confidence and style with a beaming smile and plenty of self described tropical pop reggae tunes.

Picture: Paul Windsor

Picture: Paul Windsor

Her voice reminiscent of Janet Kay of the 1979 Silly Games fame, Hollie has developed her own sound and lovers rock groove.

Befitting the unseasonably mild October day, the summer vibes radiated from the stage with an infectious with a set if songs from her acclaimed third album Vessel of Love.

'Are you ready to party Portsmouth?' proclaimed the effervescent Hollie, clearly warming to the crowd who were well into the groove.

That was the last night of an exhausting 82-date world tour, that took them to all four continents. 

Picture: Paul Windsor

Picture: Paul Windsor

But the band and Hollie showed no signs of fatigue – they were all in a mood for celebration with champagne corks popping during the encores, huge smiles and big hugs all round.