With support from SARAH CLOSE and guest appearance from LEWIS CAPALDI
Glasgow 10th April 2019
Scottish-Swedish singer-songwriter 24 year old Nina Nesbitt, fresh from her North American tour, dazzled a sold-out Glasgow audience at West-End arts centre SWG3. With a little help from her friends- Sarah Close and Lewis Capaldi, Nina entertained an adoring 1300- strong Galvaniser’s Yard packed-full crowd. The ‘Nesbians’– the affectionate nickname given to Nina’s dedicated fans- arrived ‘on mass’ early to grab a spot to enjoy the show.
Nina’s debut album ‘Peroxide’ entered the UK Album Charts at No.1 in Scotland and 11 in the rest of the UK. Her first EP ‘The Apple Tree’(2012) peaked at No.6 on the iTunes download charts and No.1 in the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Nina’s second studio album ‘The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change’was released on indie label, Cooking Vinyl 1st Feb 2019. Nina, an embodiment of the internet generation, isn’t reliant on radio plays for success; her current album had a million streams in a single day.
Using Youtube as a platform of discovery, Nina has a hugely loyal fanbase who have watched her grow from a bedroom-cover- artist to one who has toured with Ed Sheeran, Example, Jack Bugg, Justin Bieber and soon-to-be Jess Glynn. Nina, deservingly, received national recognition in the form of the ‘Evolution Award’ at the SSE Scottish Music Awards in 2017.
English singer-songwriter Sarah Closeopened the show. A perfect choice was Nina, Sarah is also a vocal powerhouse. Sarah performed tracks such as ‘Crazy Kind’and ‘You Say’ to a really warm reception.
A Youtube sensation, Sarahis proving big record labels may be a thing of the past with her self-released tracks. Her music is catchy and fun and voice is incredible. Sarah is definitely a talent to watch out for.
Nina and her band opened with crowd favourites ‘Somebody Special’, ‘Sacred’, ‘The Moments I’m Missing’, ‘Colder’ and ‘Chewing Gum’. Nina then performed a duet with her support artist- Sarah Close– a great version of track ‘Psychopath’...it is clear that there is great love and mutual respect between these two artists; both singer songwriters are clearly extremely talented.
Nina enjoyed setting her songs in context and meaning…‘Empire’explored childhood dreams and ambitions; Nina recalling her dream to be an astronaut before reaching teenagehood and then high school and realising that bringing those dreams to reality wasn’t as easy as first thought. She laughed and emphasised the importance of keeping self-belief even when life starts getting tough…her audience soaking up her positive message.
Nina’s stage was draped in delicate pink flowers which was in contrast to the bold songstress who strutted back and forth confidently…a sparkling sight of ambition and energy.
The acoustic session explored more emotions, feelings, relationships and love..‘The Things I Say When You Sleep’…Nina sings with fervour and passion. Her voice is stunning and strong, and her pronounced vocals need minimal instrumentation; her voice rides high on the punctuated notes of her acoustic guitar or the accompanying keys…
The adoring Glasgow crowd echo ‘I love you, I love’as the cheers from the front shout out ‘Nina, Nina, Nina!’Nina then takes her audience back to her folk roots with haunting echos of a gritty Eva Cassidy…replacing lyrics referring to London with Glasgow elicits squeals of delight before Nina rocks up the tempo with a short version of her hit ‘The Apple Tree’-“Thank you, this is very cool!”
Again Nina explores the love theme with her heartbreak song ‘Is It Really Me You’re Missing’; this song superbly showcases Nina’s breathtaking and powerful falsetto range.
“Glasgow!! Are you ready for some fun?”To a huge ‘whooo’response…Nina introduced the mash up ‘Love Letter / Bills Bills Bills / Say My Name’ as a song inspired by the 1990s and it had all the RnB funk of Beyonce and Destiny’s Child – with quite a bit of ass shaking going on around the room! This song had the biggest cheer of the night so far!
From there, Nina notched up the audience interaction with‘Somebody Special’ – “Glasgow! How ya doing? Are you up for being my choir?”Of course they were! Nina split the yard and with one half belting out ‘Somebody, somebody, somebody’and the other half calling back, ‘to be somebody special, to be somebody special’. The crowd were having great fun, which was happily noticed by Nina…“amazing, thank you so muchGlasgow!’
Nina introduced the song ‘The Best You Had’with the call out – “Glasgow this is where we pretend this is our last song!”– from Nina’s new album ‘The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change’– Nina last performed this track, to a wild reception, on American prime talk show ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’last week. An impressive achievement.
An encore of ‘The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change’saw Nina rejoin her Nesbians – thanking her fans and those in the music industry who gave her solid support over the years, Nina got up, close and personal on the barrier; idol and fans lovingly gazing into each other’s eye.
Screams of absolute joy and surprise came when Nina’s mate and another of Spotify success, Lewis Capaldi(currently the hottest artist in the UK) joined her on stage to sing his ‘6- weeks (and counting)’ no.1 hit single ‘Someone You Loved’. Their duet was over all too song and with quick cuddles, Lewis was gone and Nina was left to serenade her fans with song ‘Loyal To Me’.