Rated 5 out of
Eurosonic festival 2017
for those of you who don't know, eurosonic is europe's equivalent to SXSW, a madhouse of bands to see, all competing for the attention of all the bookers from around the world who come to discover new talent each year.
i had heard holly macve on the radio and read an amazing review on NPR from a journalist i really respect bob boilen so when i saw she was playing the festival i made a note to catch it. And i couldn't have been happier that i did! Firstly, oh my this woman can sing! The songs online show that of course, but it's one thing to sound good on record but another thing altogether to transition that to the live stage. I wasn't expecting her to have a band, and she could pull this off without one for sure, but they were truly special, never getting in the way of the song, but adding subtle little flourishes and they all seemed close and bonded and that's always something i love to see. The quality of this girl's writing is super strong for one so young and having not even had a record out yet, clearly she has a long long career ahead of her. I stood mesmerised for most of the set, and it was over waaaay to quick for me! But only a month or so till i can buy the record and listen to these superb tunes over and over. I felt like i did when i saw sharon van etten and when i saw courtney barnett in their earlier days.
Date published: 2017-01-14