Canadian electro-pop singer, Lights is currently embarking on her UK tour with support from California based Indie Hip-Hop artist, K.Flay and I was lucky enough to catch the show at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. When I got to the venue I didn’t think it looked big enough to host the two artists but once inside I saw the appeal, how intimate it felt and how much better their set-up was compared to many other bigger music venues. The crowd packed into the small room and the buzz began to build for the show.
K.Flay graced the stage throwing herself straight into her unique song composition. Her stage presence kept the crowd connected to each song as she cycled through her album. This was the first time I’d heard of K.Flay but her songs had a nice vibe to them and I couldn’t help but feel like I’d known her music for years. The chilled out backing track contrasting with the fast rap makes for an interesting listen. She said her thanks to Leeds for having her after her half an hour set and handed the stage over to Lights.
Lights had a huge welcoming cheer as she started her set. She primarily played songs from her new album, Little Machines which displays a slightly different vibe but keeping the familiar distinguishable Lights sound. As she switched between keyboard and guitar while singing, every song was sung to perfection sounding exactly how it is on the album. When she didn’t have an instrument to play she always made it a point to interact with the crowd, making sure they were having fun and engaged in the show.
I can say hand on heart that I enjoyed my night and I would encourage anyone to get a ticket to see K.Flay and Lights because it takes you back to the golden days of live performance when the crowd was able to interact with the artists on stage.
Words and photography by Alexandra Watt