Friday night was my second night in a row at Yes, my penultimate gig of the year and saw me attending this upgraded gig from Yes Basement now in Yes's Pink Room - a far more fitting room for Rebecca Lucy Taylor's AKA Self Esteems stripped back Piano set.
There was no support act tonight and she didn't take to the stage until 9pm and so I got to listen to a pretty good warm up set from the DJ downstairs in the main bar. They were dropping some absolute classics including my queen Blondie - who as you know I adore.
Rebecca sang a stripped back song at the end of her set at Band on The Wall earlier in the year (I'm Shy) and so knowing how incredible her voice is, I was all over this gig when it was upgraded having completely missed it first time around (donut)!
Rebecca was backed by the incredibly dapper and talented Sophie Galpin on keyboards.
She opened with Steady I Stand and had to stop due to the dry ice being too much as well as other stuff (see video) - I've left it in because it encapsulates how naturally funny Rebecca actually is.
We were truly blessed to be seeing her in such an intimate setting and with such a stripped back session it meant we could really hear her voice. If you've not heard her sing like this then trust me you're in for a treat because I took a lot of videos (see my YouTube channel).
The crowd gave her music the respect it deserves, you could've heard a pin drop when she was performing and I love it when that happens. She's by far one of the best, most exciting female solo artists this country has produced and she's used her difficult past to galvanise her and give her strength.
She performed most of her debut album Compliments Please as well as the anti - Christmas song - All I want for Christmas. Sharing funny stories and having a chat with us in-between I asked her if she liked Christmas (she doesn't really) and if she'll be watching Gavin & Stacey this Christmas Day (she will be).
The set had a secret encore and the final song was a cover of the frankly incredible Lady Gaga song I'll Never Love Again (also on my YouTube channel).
Rebecca and Sophie both sold merchandise after the show and were happy to chat, take pics with anyone who wanted to. Not only is she an extremely talented song writer and performer she's also very funny and more so a genuinely lovely person. I feel privileged to have been at this very very special performance.
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