UEA, Norwich October 9, 2023
There was a long queue building outside before the doors opened on what was an unseasonably warm autumn night.
Photographer PAUL HAMPSON was inside in time for openers Skinny Living.
It was a short set from the West Yorkshire/Belfast trio but they had a decent crowd in to catch their indie-soul take.
Wallis Bird came on looking like a Mario Brother with a massive smile.
As the heat in the venue increased, the Wexford-born but Berlin-based Bird included plenty of audience interaction during her genre-defying set.
There was a whole new floor on stage for Gabrielle, who was in the city as part of her 30 Years Of Dreaming Tour.
And with a beautiful backdrop and extra lighting on stage, things were all teed up for a spectacular show from the headliner.
The sound was crystal-clear, too, and her hits sounded fantastic.
With a bit of a croaky voice, Gabrielle popped off stage a couple of times, but that gave the rest of her band and the backing singers the chance to do their thing.
And with things coming to a close with Out Of Reach and Dreams itself, it was a fantastically nosatalgic night.
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