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Live: LILY MOORE // O2 Academy Brixton, London

Lily Moore joins George Ezra on his UK live dates.

Tonight, London’s Brixton Academy is graced with the soulful presence of 19-year-old Lily Moore. Despite being the opening act for big names like Vance Joy last month and George Ezra tonight, she had some very vocal fans already in the audience as she stepped out into the spotlight and picked up her acoustic guitar.

Moore keeps things low key and simple. At times throughout her set I imagined the stage being adorned with gas lights and draped curtains, just like the old music halls of the 1920’s. There are two spotlights directed on Moore; centre stage, wearing a simple, elegant black jumpsuit, some gentle background smoke, her name adorning a canvas behind her and her keyboard player, Beau Holland is keeping out of the limelight to her right.

With her debut EP Not That Special out on April 25th, Moore keeps the crowd entranced for the entirety of her 30 minute set. Some songs she plays on an acoustic guitar, others it’s just her voice accompanied by her keyboard player. Each one of her songs is received exceptionally well despite this being the first time many people may have heard them.

With a voice likened to many great performers; Paloma Faith, Adele and the late Amy Winehouse, it is easy to understand why she has garnered such attention so early on in her career. Moore has such power and grace for such a gentle looking teenager, she even has to take a moment to take it all in, telling herself that this is no different to playing in a pub… but who is she kidding? Moore leaves the crowd, thanking them and giving a wave before heading into the shadows. The applause takes a while to subside and it is fair to say that Lily Moore has just left one very big mark on Brixton Academy and a new chapter of her life is in the making.

Moore has just sold out her headline show at The Slaughtered Lamb in London but you can catch her filling even more impressive venues when she supports yet another musical legend, James Bay on his UK tour next month.

Photos: Rachel Prew