Jess Glynne At The Olympia Theatre – Photos & Review
Jess Glynne and support act Sinéad White at The Olympia Theatre | 31 March 2016
A spirited Olympia contently fills its ears with the sounds of the supporting Sinéad White. A higher level of musicianship is on exhibit with an ensemble producing impressive instrumental pieces. White herself has wondrous range which plays perfectly in the set; from time to time letting loose those distinct howls that we have seen before in her collaboration with Daithí. From The Choice Music Prize, an interest has swirled around this young musician with that major voice – and tonight, White further blossoms the interest.
The songs here are embellished by character. A notable testimony to an ex comprises of memorable quips like ‘so smoke out your brains’. Pleasurably sultry guitar rings out to our delight within this tune.
Overall, White’s tremendous vocal is the main quality that has audience declaring comments on its excellence. White and ensemble have succeeded in being a worthwhile act to witness.
The triumphant keys of ‘Ain’t Got Far To Go’ awaken the venue. Smiles broad and hands clapping, band members gather onstage. That gloriously unmistakable vocal of Jess Glynne runs through the speakers. Genuine excitement builds in each chest as the mound of red curls appears, beaming back at us. A more superb intro could not be imagined.
The singer treats us to a hit-packed opening , belting out ‘Real Love’ and ‘Rather Be’. This occasion is stupefying. Never before have I witnessed the crowd in the Olympia standing on all levels this early on – boxes and top rows included. Disco haven has erupted and the buzz breaks beyond immense.
Lights go down as we encounter a more jungle stage of the evening. An empowerment of sexiness and dominance arises around ‘Love Me’. It is apparent that Glynne’s music is ideal for thrill-inducing vibes. Everyone in attendance is visibly drowned in delight as the artist hits notes in her wild tone. Glynne never wavers from her performance, completely engaging and absorbing. She interacts with those in the far stalls and warms us with her distinct vernacular.
One particularly effective gig aspect is the choreography – to the beat. These matching motions are very well done and undoubtedly a significant factor in the enthralling nature of the artist.
Her voice is husk on a warm soar as she graces us with a beautiful acoustic version of ‘My Love’. She sits as the audience sing along to this tender melody dedicated to a person just out of surgery. The following slow-beat cover of ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ never really lifts off but is an appreciated addition to the show.
Yet another touching moment lights up the Olympia. ‘Take Me Home’ is an obvious favourite. Looking up, fans are reaching out, crying back the lyrics – feeding off of every musically portrayed emotion. As Glynne saunters off pre-encore a huge olé, olé, olé flares up. The band jolt along with shakers.
‘Hold My Hand’ is vitalizing and jubilant, providing the most joyous of finales. This absolute tune leaves us on a high. As the show draws to a close and every individual departs the theatre, they do so gushing about just how refreshed this superb musician has left them.
Review by Shannon Welby
Photos by Pedro Giaquinto