Lucy Spraggan – LEAF on Bold Street, Liverpool (22nd November 2019)

Back in May, we caught singer songwriter Lucy Spragganat East Village Arts Club, just days after the release of her fifth Official Top 40 album, ‘Today Was a Good Day’. It’s safe to say that Lucy hasn’t stopped since it’s release – from taking her live show stateside, to triumphantly packing out Glastonbury’s Avalon stage. She’s currently in the midst of a 30+ date tour of UK venues and we were delighted to see her return to Liverpool – though this time in the quirky, more intimate surroundings of LEAF on Bold Street.

Lucyshakes her live sets up from tour to tour and this time is joined solely by the ever talented Josh Canaon the keyboard and backing vocals. Cementing the positive theme of the evening from the get go, Lucy kicked her set off with the gentle guitar of her latest album’s title track, ‘Today Was a Good Day’and it was barely seconds before the crowd were singing along. It was sing-a-longs galore throughout Lucy’s happy-go-lucky set as she treated the crowd to a wealth of fan favourites; including feel-good single ‘Lucky Stars’ and the anthemic ‘Lighthouse’.

Though she’s far from a one trick pony and there were more than a fair share of emotive and tear-jerking moments; ‘As The Saying Goes’ in particular saw the lights go down, leaving a single spotlight on Lucy as she delivered heart-wrenching lyrics about self-harm and a relationship breakdown that were met with total silence. Renowned for being open about her mental health struggles and an advocate for opening up about your experiences, Lucy’s written numerous songs tackling the issue and the empowering‘Fight For It’ stood strong in the set, receiving a huge crowd reaction that came close to matching the volume of Lucy’s microphone.

As she grinned from ear to ear during crowd sing-along’s, interacting with the crowd and looking almost shocked at the huge reaction that she continuously received, it was clear to see that Lucy is an incredible likeable and humble person. The stories that she shared between songs added a personal touch to her set; from the irony of her writing ‘Don’t Play This On The Radio’ about receiving no radio play – then receiving it – to the comedic tale of a fan singing “Lonely Goats” instead of ‘Loaded Guns’ at a past Amsterdam show. Fun fact – the latter has amusingly resulted in the lyrics being adapted in a live setting and a ‘Lonely Goats’ t shirt being available to purchase from the merchandise table! 

With the latest John Lewis advert coming into our lives last week, it’s time to plan 2020’s and we’ve found the perfect song – Lucy’s stripped back rendition of The Proclaimers classic‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’. Showcasing both the strength of her vocals and her confidence as a musician, it was a startling cover that supported our theory that there’s nothing that Lucy can’t do! Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and ‘Unsinkable’from ‘We Are’sound tracked the rousing finale that saw a sea of fists in the air in unison.

With her combination of relatable lyrics and a personality as loveable as the music that she writes and performs, Lucy had the crowd in the palm of her hands for the duration of the evening – whether she was playing old songs or new. She’s recently taken to teasing some big shows in 2020 and being one of the most exciting live musicians on the scene, she can sure as hell count on us being there.