Rated 5 out of
One of best live shows seen in Brighton!
One of the most talented, passionate voices in modern music translates her powerful, beautiful songs to a full blown soul showcase in Brighton. We felt so lucky to see such an amazing artist at such an intimate venue and weren't disappointed. The support act (Only Girl) put on a beautiful, stripped back set which was totally different to what I'd heard on record & was lovely to see whole audience transfixed by her performance and voice. Then came the time for the main event and you could feel the excitement in the crowd so when Jamila Woods and her band entered the small stage and launched into a barnstorming rendition of Heavn, it was wild. The band were one of the tightest and most talented soul acts I've seen with a mad gifted drummer, wicked cool bassist and transcendental synth player - even during moments of crazy frenetic soloing they remained as tight and in sync as ever. All of this amazing music was pulled together by the rich, soulful voice of Jamila Woods who sounded album perfect and was able to deliver moments of powerful declaration, killer raps and beautiful verses of tenderness with her vocals and lyrics through almost all of her album HEAVN alongside some brilliant additions like a roof raising cover of Destiny's Child's 'Say My Name'. The crowd was one of the most warm and non-judgemental I've had the pleasure to be a part of in recent years and it was so great to be at a concert where everybody was there for the music and not on phones or talking about their day. The music literally didn't allow for anything outside of dancing, singing along and being bowled over by the passion and talent of Jamila and the musicians on stage. Despite being a concise set, by the time the set closed with hits like VRY BLK and Blk Girl Soldier, the crowd were exhausted and it was great to see so many people beaming from ear to ear and talking about how much the music and lyrics meant to them especially in such a small venue where the unity of the crowd felt so uplifting. If you haven't experienced Jamila Woods then seek her out live for an unforgettable musical adventure and I look forward to more progressive acts like this from One Inch Badge and Green Door Store in this beautiful, intimate venue.
Date published: 2018-03-02