Nina Nesbitt’s first big break came when she supported Example back on his December tour. Now, she’s back headlining her own tour across the UK, and tonight Clash are here to see her playing at The End in Birmingham.
Billy Lockett is first to take to the stage tonight. The crowd falls silent as he bursts into his first song, singing from the heart as he plays his guitar. Considering he’s the first act of the evening, the crowd responds well, clapping, singing along and cheering even after he’s finished performing.
Next it’s the turn of John Kumra, who walks out confidently on stage. His voice is softer than Lockett’s but still just as powerful. The audience are screaming so loud it’s surprising they can actually hear the music at all.
As he leaves the stage, the crowd get ready for the main event. Tonight’s audience vary from crazy girls, male fans to drunken mums. However, it’s one of the liveliest crowds we’ve seen in a while. As the packed room fills to the brim, the atmosphere reaches its peak. People are now having to stand on chairs in order to get a clear view of the stage.
Everyone screams as Nina’s airy voice fills the room. The crowd slowly falls silent listening to her acoustic guitar. Her voice is absolutely outstanding live, with a wide vocal range and use of dynamics.
“Sing along,” she says to the crowd. “I can’t sing,” a man replies. The crowd laughs as Nina smiles before saying “It doesn’t matter.” Tonight, she plays a range of songs from ‘Noserings and Shoestrings’ to the heart felt ‘Hold You’. Despite being new to the music scene, the crowd seems to know every word that is coming out of this young song writer’s mouth. Her light-hearted, shy presence, contrasts with that of her fans. “I went to Cadbury’s World today,” the singer says “I love Birmingham.”
Then Nina invites the crowd members to sit on the stage. Everyone screams, raising their arms in anticipation. It’s clear that this woman really cares about her fans. She’s already announced that she’ll be doing a meet and greet fifteen minutes after the show. As the gig comes to a close Nina asks if she can take a photo of her audience. Everyone jumps on each other’s shoulders, hoping they’ll be able to get in shot.
Finally, it’s time for the last song of the night and what better song to finish on but one of her most loved hits ‘The Apple Tree’. Tonight this quaint venue might as well have been the O2 Apollo. As the crowd clears away from stage, it’s clear that this gig has been a success. Sometimes the presence of a musician and their guitar can be more powerful than a full symphony orchestra.
Words by Sophie Sparham