The Other Palace, London
I am a huge West End Live Lounge fan, I’ve been going since they started and feel so proud watching them get bigger and better.
The most recent concert was the biggest to date, taking over the main stage at The Other Palace; hosting a number of uber-talented performers and providing a wonderful, chilled out, musical night.
For anyone that doesn’t know, West End Live Lounge is a concert every few months, featuring some of the best the West End has to offer, who perform a variety of non-musical theatre songs to entertain and raise money for a specific charity.
This time, the musical theatre performers united to raise money for the charity Barnardo’s. Our compere for the night was the fantastic Ian Stroughair (who wowed me before Christmas with his Velma Celli show) who opened the show with a bang and set the tone for the talent and joy to come.
As always every performance was top notch, so I’m just going to mention a few standouts instead of turning this into an essay!
Firstly, the stunning Jodie Steele, fresh off her stint on BBC1’s All Together Now, performed ‘Castle On the Hill’ with ease and smooth riffs which left us all wanting more.
Equally riff-tastic was Emma Kingston who joined the West End Live Lounge family during her brief break from touring with Evita, to wow us all with her performance of Lady Gaga’s ‘Edge of Glory’.
The always hilarious Natalie McQueen brilliantly put her own twist on the classic ‘Hot N Cold’. All three ladies continually blow me away with their vocal performances.
Kayleigh McKnight was definitely an audience favourite with her breathtaking performance of ‘Creep’ which showed off her vocals perfectly and Cleve September brought back his signature loop pedal to create an eerie but stunning vocal performance of ‘Spirits’.
Superstar Natalie Green gave a beautiful rendition of Adele’s ‘When We Were Young’ whilst Brady Isaacs Pearce channeled Demi Lovato gloriously with her effortless performance of ‘Skyscraper’. My final mention goes to Joel Harper-Jackson who’s ridiculously long note in ‘Wicked Game’ should be put into the World Record books- glorious!
The West End Live Lounge concerts are truly joyous to be a part of because they not only celebrate the fantastic talent the West End has to offer but raise money for fantastic causes. I cannot wait to see what’s in store for the next concert; my only hope is that the intimate feel can somehow be brought back. With the previous concerts there has been a very informal vibe but bringing the performance into a theatre did distance it somewhat and the audience stuck to the ‘normal’ theatre etiquette rules more. Obviously it’s amazing to be able to fill a bigger space and allow more people to see and hear these outstanding performances but it’s hard to strike a balance between having more space whilst still maintaining an intimate feel.
Regardless, this was a wonderful concert and I know the upcoming ones will be to so do yourself a favour and follow @WELiveLounge on twitter so you can snap up tickets as soon as they go on sale!