new places, new faces

23 Mar

Ever since the heart melting “valentine” was released last year, Jessie Ware has firmly been on the HisandHers radar. So we when we saw Jessie was performing a solo show in a “new” venue (to us at least) – The Nave, we booked our tickets extremely early.

Converting a church into a music venue is an exciting prospect, and on entry we certainly weren’t disappointed. With the majority of the original features retained and highlighted by the lighting, it was instantly on our new favourite venues list.

As for the gig itself, Jessie certainly didn’t disappoint, she has a really powerful, soulful voice. Throughout the set I couldn’t help but think of Sade, and what she might sound like if she had released her debut album in 2012. This, in my humble opinion is no bad thing (Sade was the highest earning British female in the US last year).

With a lot of friends and family in the crowd it the whole event had a really positive atmosphere (helped along by the free drinks that Red Bull kindly laid on). We can’t recommend Jessie (as a performer) and The Nave (as a gig venue) enough.. make sure that you keep tabs on both performances by, and at… Very talented, and a lot of fun.

Have a listen to “Running” below.. definitely worth taking a moment out and standing still for.


3 Responses to “new places, new faces”

  1. Giovanna March 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Wow this show looks amazing! I cannot believe they converted a church into a music venue! Super cool!


  2. John April 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Hello, I enjoyed your piece on Jessie Ware, I run THE NAVE (venue) – that Jessie played at – and I just wanted to tell you about our own NAVE FESTIVAL, on the 26th April… I thought you & yours would like to hear about it.

    The line-up is out-of-this-world…

    Grimoon – an Italo-French band formed in 2003. Only London gig on their current Euro Tour. It’s not easy to define their musical orientation. A mixture of rock, pop, chanson, folk, mostly sung in French… self produced pieces of video art supports each song.

    Randolph Matthews – “If you get a chance to see him, grab it with both hands. You will come away with a huge grin, inspired & uplifted.” Jumoké Fashola BBC London 94.9fm

    “This man’s not just original, He’s out there!” Blues and Soul Magazine

    “I want to reject the predictable boundaries of vocal expression and get to the liberating heart of what we experience in the performance space.” Randolph Matthews

    Songlines with Sarah Jewell- Songlines are regulars at the Nave and we are excited that Sarah will be our MC on the night. She has her bluesy/world music Women’s Choir with her – a Time Out magazine favourite… Amazing Sounds!

    Vanessa Vie’s “happening” in Sound and Colour – Something wonderful this way comes… alchemical enchantment!

    Siri Sadhana Kaur & The World Voices- Uplifting you spirits, you will feel the urge to join in!

    Plus Poetry, Artworks, A Cafe, Merchandise and much much more……. all for only £10

    go to EVENT at – see you there


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