Alice Phoebe Lou triumphantly returns to the UK with a “real church moment”
By it’s very nature, Hackney Church is a venue that lends itself to intimacy, and few can do it quite like Alice Phoebe Lou. Despite playing fan favourites such as “Witches” and “Dusk” with studio-level vocal precision, it was Alice’s ability to communicate with her audience that stole the show.
The most memorable moment saw Phoebe Lou standing solo on stage (the band had left for a segment), hushing the audience into pin-drop silence before breaking into the hauntingly beautiful “End of the Road”, afterwards she expressed the importance of concentration in concerts, tenderly revealing how it effects her confidence, and expressing that in this case, it lead to “a real church moment”.
In another conversational moment, Phoebe Lou took aim at a radio DJ who once cut her mid song for swearing on air. She compared it to and Extinction Rebellion event she went on to play later in the day which was a much more positive experience.
Supporting for the night was Nectar Woode, a South London based jazz/soul artist. Woode is clearly a fan of Alice Phoebe Lou and it was beautiful to see her excitement to be supporting her. Her energy perfectly matched that of the entranced crowd, and Woode even took the opportunity to nod to one of her idols, taking a soulful moment to cover Amy Winehouse’s “Half Time”.
This was the first show of Alice Phoebe Lou’s current tour, but represented the only UK date. She continued with a show in Berlin on the 29th of October, before embarking on further set of shows across The Americas. One thing is for sure, we can’t wait to have you back, Alice.
Words + Photography by Alexander Young