Crowds flocked to The Half Moon in Putney to see the singer perform an exclusive show for Independent Venue Week
BY MOLLY SMITH, IMAGE BY MOLLY SMITH
The sold-out show saw an audience of all ages dancing to her full band production, playing songs from This Love, Heather’s disco inspired, self-produced album that explores life in lockdown and the realities of raising a queer family. She also delved into the archives, performing fan favourites that have found a home in the hearts of her listeners over the years.
Heather told Independent Venue Week: “I’m excited to get into these two wonderful venues and play in front of a live audience again; no matter what I do, I always miss playing for the people who enjoy my music. It’ll be good to be in a room with everyone again and smash out the tunes with my band. I can’t wait”.
Heather entered stage left dressed in black trousers and a sequin shirt, accessorised with rose tinted glasses. The triple threat rotated between guitar and keys throughout the night and delivered flawless vocals from start to finish. Whether it be a ballad or a disco bop, she held the audience in the palm of her hand as she demonstrated the impact of compounded technical skill and showmanship.
The set moved from one piece to another seamlessly, despite the occasional change in tone due to the variety of music Heather has produced over the years. Objectively, Heather can combine raw emotion, stunning vocals and instrumental skill to create an authentic, captivating sound. The ever-changing lighting and reflection from the disco ball added a sprinkle of disco-esq experience in tandem with Heather’s onstage activity. She is quite frankly, a non-stop performer, with an abundance of star quality.
The crowd was littered with people wearing tour t-shirts, many of whom she recognised from previous gigs and acknowledged during the show. She addressed the audience with such sincere familiarity, joking between songs as if she’d known everyone for years. The crowd felt inclusive, friendly and safe – a community cultivated by the messaging she delivers in her music.
This show was one of only two confirmed gigs Heather has this year, so we can only hope more dates soon so we can go and do it all over again!
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