None of that mattered, of course, once Freya Ridings and the band took to the stage. She has presence, style, a remarkable set of songs and, of course, her highly distinctive and powerful voice.
It is strange to think Freya's debut album has yet to be released; it is due on 31 May. So far there have been a couple of singles and two limited edition live albums, making her new album one of the most highly anticipated of 2019.
The set list is strong but will need more material to grow the show's length by another 30 minutes. Love is Fire proved to be a very powerful opener and the excited crowd was quick to show approval. New single You Mean the World to Me appeared early on. Wishbone and Ultraviolet were standouts too, with the latter ostensibly closing the show - but there was, of course, an encore to come. Now it was really was time for Lost Without You, which was swiftly followed by an excellent Holy Water.
Soon enough she will be playing to audiences far larger than the basement of a university building, but this is precisely the sort of gig that stays in the memory the longest. It will be very interesting to see just how far Freya Ridings can go.
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