ELLA Eyre performed at Parklife 2015 yesterday (June 6), our entertainment reporter Nathan Salt was there to watch him…

What hasn’t this feisty curly haired Londoner got going for her? Arguably the best female vocal in the music industry right now, serious sex appeal, a desirable danceability and the countdown to her debut album ‘Feline’release is well under way, Eyre has it all going for her.

The 21-year-old was making her third Parklife appearance but this was certainly the biggest crowd she has ever played in front of with no space to manoeuvre in the congested, boisterous crowd in front of the Main Stage at 3:15pm. The Ealing born singer shot onto the stage in a purple, body hugging jumpsuit to a huge roar as hit single ‘Comeback’ marked the start of her seven song set. Having seen Eyre when she supported Olly Murs at the Arena a number of weeks ago, it was a song choice that is clearly a popular one for her to ramp up the crowd’s energy and was thus unsurprising but just as engaging, energetic and entertaining.

With four originals, two popular collaborations and a cover Eyre had the best blend that any artist concocted on Saturday afternoon. Her cover “Changing” by Sigma was actually co-written by Eyre but red haired supremo Paloma Faith is the original vocalist on that track. That song fell between her collaborations on Rudimental’s number one track “Waiting all night” and the more recent “Gravity” by DJ Fresh which peaked at fourth spot in the charts. The latter was a highlight with her falsetto near perfection and a vocal range that was more up and down than the on-site log flume…

Ella Eyre second image‘Don’t follow me’, ‘Together’and ’If I go’ followed- the latter had everyone singing along at Eyre’s request – left fans with a flavour of what they can expect on August’s deluxe album edition of ‘Feline’which was clever and brutally enticing. There was a handful that were begrudging her decision to opt against playing catchy track entitled ‘Deeper’ given it’s high energy rhythmic beat which many saw as perfect for a festival environment.

Personally, her song selection was well thought out and maintained the ferocity that was unleashed when she steamed onto the Main Stage. It is testament to Eyre as an artist that she has such a wealth of great material to choose from when curating a festival set list. With V Festival, Bestival and Glastonbury still to come on her summer schedule, expect a similar setlist; it’s tried and tested and she is majestic. Seriously, Eyre is THE must see female vocalist this summer I can assure you of that.

“Parklife I f*****g love you!”

This was Eyre soaking up something pretty incredible. The crowd were oozing sheer adoration for the lioness whose debut album is likely to be a chart sensation. She confessed the love she had for Manchester and it was pretty clear that the feeling was certainly mutual Ella!

Back in Manchester in November this year – Albert Hall will be her venue on November 6 – tickets are unsurprisingly flying already since the news was announced. At her tender age, the level Eyre can reach is unthinkable. With one of the hottest expected albums of the summer, Eyre’s test of some of the album’s tracks proved a roaring success. It was a fitting description of her set with the track ‘Comeback’ literally the key word on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Half an hour was far too short but such an impeccable British talent and now we must hold tight until November…


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