First up tonight were Liverpool trio Audio Zero. Front-woman Zara may have been keen and eager but the swarm before her weren’t so much; the band receiving only somewhat subdued applause throughout their short set.
Elissa Franceschi, sister of YM@6 front-man Josh, was next and proceeded to win the room over in what felt like a matter of minutes. After performing ‘Dust’ which provided a great demonstration of her strong vocal ability, she boldly took the decision to play ‘I Don’t Love You’ on guitar, having only picked the instrument up mere weeks before, but the risk paid off and her set, as she wrapped it up, went down a storm.
Etham Basden stepped on stage without so much as an opening hello – the crowd before him appearing to have more interest in their pints. Bringing a friend of his, Sammy, on stage to assist on his cover of Daughter’s ‘Youth’, failed to draw attention from the audience and very few people paused their conversations when he finally set his guitar down and walked away.
A little after 9pm, Hannah stepped on stage. With 14 million YouTube views to her name, her rendition of ‘Hold On’ by Drake was well received despite the overpowering drums. She also went on to deliver a number of original tracks with ‘Rectify’ gaining the most positive reaction. Humbly, in a break between songs, she expressed her gratitude to everyone who had come out, and prior to closing the show with the super catchy ‘Tightrope’ she declared the evening to have been “really special” while no one in the room made a move or a sound to contradict her.