Whenever we review a Lucy Spraggan release or gig, we find ourselves saying that it’s an exciting time for both Lucy and her fans – something that’s always true! In May, she deservedly scored her fifth Official Top 40 Album with ‘Today Was a Good’ day and since its release, has embarked on tours of both the UK and the States, alongside sets at a range of festivals; including packing out the Avalon stage at Glastonbury! Lucy’s currently in the midst of a UK tour of intimate venues and last Wednesday evening, we caught her set at the Studio, Nantwich.
Joined by Josh Cana on the keyboard and backing vocals, Lucy cemented the theme of the evening from the very first track – ‘Today Was a Good Day’; oozing with positivity and those relatable lyrics that sets Lucy aside from many artists. When promoting her fifth and latest album, Lucy discussed the importance of acknowledging the good days, as well as the bad – many of her songs tackle mental health and it’s safe to say that the empowering ‘Fight For It’ from her 2017 release ‘I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing’ triggered a fair few tears throughout the crowd.
Renowned for her heart on sleeve approach, Lucy shared a wealth of stories about tracks on the set list; from how she wrote ‘Don’t Play This On The Radio’ in response to feeling miffed at her tracks receiving no radio play (ironically, they have since) to the heartbreaking story of people forming somewhat of a hate campaign against her during her time on the X Factor – the latter having been told before she launched into the triumphant ‘Love Is The Best Revenge’.
Despite being an acoustic tour, Lucy more than managed to orchestrate several mass sing-along’s and was grinning from ear to ear at the crowds enthusiasm during the up-tempo ‘Loaded Guns’ and single ‘Lucky Stars’. Whether she was playing new or old material, Lucy had the audience in the palm of her hand and when it came to her teaching them the lyrics to the anthemic ‘Lightning’, every single person was one step ahead of her and raring to go – though as humble as ever, the look on Lucy’s face was one of pleasant surprise.
Never one to do what’s expected of her, Lucy treated the crowd to a stripped back cover of The Proclaimers classic ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ mid-set – a cover that not only supported her reputation as a musical genius, but one that showcased the strength of her vocals and just how stunning a voice she has. The night came to an end with the empowering ‘Unsinkable’ from ‘We Are’; delivering a rousing finale that saw a sea of fists in the air in unison and the last mass singalong of the evening.
From her bold choice of cover and constant rapport with the crowd, to her emotive performance of ‘As The Saying Goes’, it’s clear to see that Lucy has come a long way since her time on the X Factor and deserves the utmost success. With the remainder of a UK tour ahead of her and what promises to be an explosive 2020, the world is most certainly at her feet!
Tickets to Lucy’s upcoming dates are available from MyTicket.