No support act for this one. Just Laura Marling and an acoustic guitar in a fantastic sounding, but boiling hot, venue. I suspect she regretted the massive woollen top she was wearing.
All contributors were present for this one. We lived it up with a KFC prior to the gig. I was left flat having not been offered to have my burger towered (Ste was offered and partook in this amazing addition). We had a swift beer at The Arc – Hop House 13, I think.
Tickets were bought well in advance as we’re all fans. However, despite Laura Marling being 6 albums into her career, this was the first time any of us had seen her.
Laura started 8.30pm on the dot and played until about 9.45pm. The set was really good with 4 from Semper Femina & a good spread from the rest of her back catalogue (1 from Short Movie + 1 from the Director’s Cut of that album, 5 from Once I Was An Eagle, 1 from A Creature I Don’t Know, 4 from I Speak Because I Can, 2 others & nothing from Alas I Cannot Swim). The audience was ridiculously polite (barring one or two exceptions). I’d personally have liked to have seen her enjoying herself more (1 or 2 smiles cracked), but her voice was sensational and the songs spoke for themselves. She ended on Rambling Man, making it clear in advance that there was to be no encore…
No merch was purchased, mainly because the mark-up was eye-watering. £30 to £35 for the new album on vinyl depending upon which version you wanted to buy. Ste had got the limited edition double vinyl for £20 just a few days earlier from a local independent record shop. Surely it should be cheaper when you cut out the middle man?!
You can listen to Semper Femina on Spotify here
— Chris Williams (@cwblueroom) March 24, 2017