Twenty-twenty-three was quite the year for London-based singer-songwriter Iraina Mancini. Her debut album, Undo The Blue, was released to critical acclaim; The Times wrote a 4-star review of the 10-track record released during the summer. Mancini also embarked on her first headline tour, seeing the musician perform nationwide, including a sold-out show at London’s Lexington.
On December 6th, she opened for British Rock band The Coral at the Electric Ballroom. Mancini appeared to win over the growing crowd in the Camden venue quickly. Opening slots can sometimes be challenging, with people more interested in getting drinks and catching up than the band performing. However, Mancini’s smooth vocals and stirring sound soon grabbed their attention for herself.
The set was fast-paced as Mancini powered through songs from her debut album. The performance had an incredible breadth; “Shotgun” was a riot, while “Sugar High” sounded full and sumptuous like it was plucked from a hazy seventies dreamscape. Every second of the performance felt utilized, and before long, Mancini was gallantly the catchy sounds of “Deep End” to an audience of new believers.
The new year has seen Mancini releasing Sugar High as her next single. With the previous year’s momentum driving her forward, it will be no surprise to see Macinin’s star continue to grow.
Words + Photography by Robert Alleyne