Live review: Ladyhawke Plays Leadmill

Words & Photography: Tom Pattrick

The Leadmill, May 4

Ladyhawke stormed the stage at Sheffield’s most lucrative music venue, the Leadmill. On a night that attracted fans of all ages, we saw both young and old rocking out to what proved an awe inspiring performance.

A lot has changed since the success of her debut album back in 2009, which saw her pick up the award for best breakthrough artist and the accumulation of an ever-growing fan base.

Her new album, Anxiety is set for release later this year and has critics waiting in anticipation for what is likely to be another smash hit.

With the dance floor packed to capacity, a jubilant crowd gave the New Zealand born star a warm welcome to the stage. It didn’t take long for things to kick off with an array of new songs showcasing what was to be expected from the up and coming album.

Recently released song ‘Sunday Drive’ got everyone singing along and had all the catchy characteristics of a Ladyhawke jazzed up pop classic
“please don’t go, I need your love, waiting for the rain to behave so you come around, take me on a Sunday drive”

Halfway through the performance the roof was taken off by a roar of appreciation as fan favourite ‘Paris Is Burning’ rang through the venue.

An impressive light show and an even more impressive band helped create an atmosphere that was fully taken advantage of by a singer clearly in her element.

As the night went on the intensity of the crowd escalated, with everyone battling their way to the front in anticipation for what they knew was coming.

‘My Delirium’ was a fitting song to end an inspired performance. Sung with all the passion and desire that made the evening one to remember, Ladyhawke is sure to be welcomed back to the steel city with open arms.

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