MTV Review: Laura Doggett Headlines London’s Society Of The Golden Slippers
The 'Phoenix' singer made us feel like we were in the Kingdom of Narnia's jazz club...
By Hannah Colson & Tamara Roper
It's not every day that you spend the afternoon getting papped on the red carpet at the Q Awards, then play a gig downstairs in the Royal Albert Hall in the evening, but that's exactly how Laura Doggett spent her Wednesday. Instagram tells us she enjoyed herself at Q - with the dreamy 'Moonshine' singer writing, "What is this day?? First Red Carpet pap experience at the @QMagazine #QAward" - while we're about to enlighten you on what went down at her very impressive show.
Feeling: The atmosphere was beautiful yet confused. A third of the room was made up of bloggers and music industry execs, another third with friends and family, the last with those who had got lost on the way to the opera. But somehow it all came together nicely in a cool basement room of the Royal Albert Hall on an autumnal evening.
The Look: The graceful Laura Doggett took to the stage in a long, oversized black dress, chunky Chelsea boots and dark eye make-up, somehow making Halloween look damn stylish!
Tunes: Opening with some slower, more ethereal numbers, Laura managed to effortlessly hold the audience’s attention with beautifully written tracks such as ‘Old Faces’ – about her northern hometown - and our personal favourite, ‘Language Of My Heart’ – more of a pop ballad to show of her vast vocal range. Proving that she’s accomplished in the electronic glitch-field too, her last track, ‘Moonshine’, ended the show on a pacier high!
Banter: So the girl can sing and she’s also a little bit funny… in a geeky, cute way… but still! At several points throughout the show she would begin telling us a story with no idea of where she was going, then get all confused, laugh and apologise. There’s something sweetly hilarious about that.
Summary: Laura Doggett is certainly a strong performer; with a voice that could carry a choir she belongs upstairs on the main stage of the Royal Albert Hall. Her crowd, part musos, part friends and fam, will no doubt swell in size. Though the atmosphere and ambience created by both her aura and her audience will make her journey through the popular music landscape an unconventional one, Laura Doggett's vocals will pull her through any strong current.