In the quaint setting of The Gate Theatre, a literally reformed church which hosts a whole manner of events from theatre to art, around 200 people were treated to the saintly voices of Lucy Rose and her support act Pete Roe. Rose made her name as the backing vocalist for Bombay Bicycle Club on their albums Flaws and A Different Kind of Fix. This year though she went solo with her debut album Like I Used To, recorded in the living room of her parents house, and has been touring the UK playing shows and festivals such as Greenman, Y Not and Reading (where I first heard her).
The acoustic-folk sound of both Rose and Roe could not have sounded more charming in the Gate, with its intimate size and relaxed atmosphere. So tranquil was the crowd that when Pete Roe came on the majority were seated on the floor in front of him quite content. Roe, who plays with notable folk singer Laura Marling, performed his solo set taking tracks from his latest EP Circles. Roe’s performance was mesmerising and songs like There Has to be a Reason were conducted beautifully and with grace. The folk charm of his performance was the perfect precursor to Rose and as an act itself it was entrancing.
Perhaps it was the cold wooden floor that caused everyone stood up. More likely though it was because it was not long till Lucy Rose took to the stage. The lights dimmed, Pink Floyd’s Great Gig in the Sky echoed through the audience. The band came on and Rose took centre stage, perched on a stool with guitar in hand. Playing tracks from Like I Used To Rose’s performance, her voice, the band were all spectacular. Once again (see previous Scene Invasion) I was fortunate enough to be right at the front and so the show had a very personal and emotional feel to it, made more so by Rose’s stellar performance of Shiver which she described as the song on the album that meant the most to her. I could go through every song played but that isn’t needed- the entire show, everything about it, was idyllic and simply beautiful.
Pete Roe- There Has to be a Reason
Lucy Rose- Lines
Lucy Rose- Place
Lucy Rose- Red Face
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