Newcomer Daisy Valentine opens the show to an audience filled mostly with friends and family who lead the cheers as she opens her set. Playing an acoustic guitar, her voice is well projected around the venue and, delivering a collection of her own songs mixed in with cover versions, the best of which is ‘Stay’ by Rhianna – completely stripped back, she holds the room momentarily enraptured.
Karima Francis jumps on stage and declares “It’s nice to be back here” before performing ‘Remember Me’ – the most positively responded to track of the night so far. A few songs in and her set is beginning to sound a little repetitive, but she rescues it with a rendition of ‘Believe In Love’ and she exits a while later to rather strong but polite applause.
With quite a number of people occupying the seating area of the venue, before playing a single note, Billy politely asks them to move closer promising them that he “doesn’t bite.” With his audience now on the floor space, he sets himself down at the white piano and kicks off with ‘Not Good On My Own’. It makes for a good start but it is ‘Your Love Hurts’, a beautiful, rather heart breaking ballad written about and for his Dad that really wins people over. Former record of the week ‘Pathways’ also goes down well with a good third of the crowd quietly singing along as Billy leads them in a hand-clap. He proves his musical versatility by switching from the piano to the guitar as he makes his way through ‘Stumble And Fall’ and ‘Stronger’ but it is his closing numbers, ‘Toxic’ and new single ‘Old Man’ that means his performance ends with a happy crowd and many smiling faces.