Gig review: Ella Eyre (King Tut’s)

Ella Eyre
Ella Eyre

Occasionally an artist bursts onto the music scene with stardom seemingly preordained by a combination of genetics, luck and talent.

Anybody fortunate enough to be crammed into King Tut’s last week would be in no doubt that Ella Eyre is the latest to fall into that auspicious pantheon.

Her arresting looks, the Brit School background, a string of serendipitous collaborations, zeitgeist-defining style and, above all, an incredible voice - it’s an equation which can only equal fame and fortune,

The 19-year-old English singer/songwriter has already sold a vast number of records on the back of vocal contributions to songs by the likes of Tinie Tempah, Bastille, Naughty Boy and Rudimental. It’s the latter act which has proved most instrumental to her success to date - hand-picking her to provide vocals on their huge number one hit ‘Waiting All Night’.

That now-ubiquitous anthem is present and correct towards the end of her Glasgow gig, but what comes before provides ample evidence that there’s more to her than being a mix of muse and mouthpiece to her growing band of talented friends.

Supported by standard nice-guy-with-a-guitar Jake Isaac and smooth RnB blandness from singer Javeon, Eyre heightens the already fervent anticipation by being just late enough onto the stage.

The short-but-sweet set is only nine songs long, including just one commercially-released solo track - the title-track from debut EP ‘Deeper’. As the singer energetically jumps, kicks and postures around the stage though, you could be forgiven for thinking every one is a bona fide classic.

Her infectious enthusiasm combines with catchy tunes like opener ‘Don’t Follow Me’ and the poignant ‘Home’ to make the whole performance a spontaneous singalong - particularly after taking the time to teach the crowd the chorus to ‘Worry About Me’.

Backed by a full band and two backing singers, the sound is a pleasing mix of rock and pop. A single cover ‘mashing up’ Basement Jaxx and Arctic Monkeys appears to be a statement of intent for the future.

An incendiary performance of ‘Waiting All Night’ is followed by an ovation lasting several minutes. If final song ‘If I Go’ can’t quite match these heights it’s only because there’s nowhere else to go.

Not bad for somebody yet to release an album.