Review: Lauran Hibberd at Concorde 2, Brighton

Isle of Wight native Lauran Hibberd has had a pretty whirlwind last few months. She now appears to be a regular feature on mainstream radio, with her tracks being championed by the likes of Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens on Radio 1 and Tom Robinson on 6 Music, and now the BBC Introducing stalwart is currently enjoying the main support slot on a UK and European tour with Minnesotan five-piece Hippo Campus, playing arguably her biggest shows to date outside of festival season.

Having already played up and down the country in the likes of Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, the eighth date of the tour brought Lauran and her band to south coast in order to grace the stage at the Concorde 2 on Brighton’s seafront.

Bringing along her troupe of three, consisting of drummer Max Perry, bassist Ellis Durand and guitarist Chris Newnham, Hibberd blitzed through a short, yet high-octane set consisting of eight tracks. Quite boldly, the majority of the set consisted of brand new songs, with only her latest two singles ‘Call Shotgun’ and ‘Sugardaddy’, alongside ‘What Do Girls Want?’, being instantly recognisable as previous releases.

However, it provided the perfect insight into the near future, and with this many new songs being performed live, would it be safe to assume a debut album could be just around the corner…? We can only hope so! Each of the five new tracks played fitted perfectly with Lauran’s attitude-filled indie pop sound, sitting seamlessly in and amongst her previous releases. The young demographic that had turned up to see the headliners were fully immersed in her performance, bopping along for the entire half hour set, even creating a “dance pit” (it would be a big push to try and pass it as a mosh pit…) towards the end of her time on stage. This is testament to Lauran’s incredible ability to create a relationship with a crowd instantly, with her endearing charismatic crowd interactions and her upbeat and cheery melodies.

This could well be the year that catapults this young singer-songwriter into the stratosphere (with purple Stratocaster in hand!), having announced a short, three-date headline tour in May, and a host of festival appearances both in the UK and on mainland Europe already confirmed. Everywhere she goes she adopts a new spattering of new fans, and I can only assume that will continue everywhere she happens to play into the future.

Lauran Hibberd is a name that is being whispered on the lips throughout the music industry, and I sincerely hope that she gets the continued mainstream exposure and success that is surely heading her way. If you get afforded the opportunity to see her live soon, do so, as it probably won’t be long before she’ll be off touring the world…

Lauran Hibberd was playing at Concorde 2 in Brighton whilst supporting Hippo Campus on Sunday 24th February.


Latest Release: ‘Sugardaddy’

Highlights: ‘Sugardaddy’ – ‘You Never Looked So Cool’ – ‘Call Shotgun’

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