CONCERT REVIEW : Olivia Dean – SWG3, Glasgow 25 April 2024

As a child Olivia Dean had two child hood dreams… to appear on The Jools Holland Show and to be nominated for a Mercury Prize. The Jools Holland Show… check Mercury Prize nomination… check

So what’s next?

A headline tour kicking off in Glasgow is the answer.

SWG3 in Glasgow was the venue lucky enough to host Olivia and there wasn’t a spare ticket to be had. Those lucky enough to be in possession of a golden ticket were about to witness a class act and an artist on top of her game.

There was long queue of excited fans outside the venue as the lucky ticket holders arrived early in an attempt to win a coveted front of stage spot to be close and personal with Olivia.

The venue was packed to the rafters and the expectant fans roared their appreciation for the hero of the moment as Olivia and her band took to the stage… there was even a brass section and you know its going to the a good night if there’s a brass section… right?

Columns of light back lit the star and her band to the extent that the first song was played by silhouettes; this made for a dramatic intro to the show but a nightmare for the photographers!

  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024
  • Olivia Dean  SWG3, Glasgow  25 April 2024

As the stage lights burst into life at the start of the second song Olivia and her soul mates could be seen in all their glory and it was quite a sight. Bedecked in a red dress and with the biggest smile, Olivia was the personification of a star. As it was first night of the tour she, understandably, showed the tiniest bit of nerves but they soon subsided as she took stock of what she really was… a star.

The Glastonbury bound songstress lets the crowd know she is nervous and its understandable; this is her biggest headline tour so far.

Dean’s confidence grows as she swirls around with the tambourine in her hand and gives off huge jazzy soul vibes; she has lifted some of her moves from Tina Turner and some of the soul greats and given them the Olivia Dean treatment. Dean absolutely owned the stage and cajoled her well rehearsed band as the big hitters from her debut album ‘Messy’ fill the hall. She was determined to make this a show and not just an Olivia Dean gig and the crowd the constant roar of appreciation that told her shed got it spot on.

On the evidence of tonight Olivia Dean can only continue her journey in one direction and, with Coachella under her belt and The Pyramid stage at Glastonbury beckoning, it doesn’t take a genius to know that the journey is upwards.

Review and Photographs by John Brown

Author: John Brown

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