Live: Mimi Webb

The Waterfront, Norwich March 8, 2023

by Mariana Monteiro

If the idea of an acoustic, chilled-out session sounds as though it’s going to lack the electricity and atmosphere of a full-band set, Mimi Webb is here to prove you wrong.

Her presence lights up the room from the moment she walks on stage. From her amazing vocals and meaningful lyrics to her contagious laugh and down-to-earth personality, she keeps our attention all night during this intimate show, which is one of only a handful to mark the launch of her debut album.

Up close and personal: Mimi Webb (Picture: Paul Hampson)
Up close and personal: Mimi Webb (Picture: Paul Hampson)

As things get under way with hit single Red Flags, the cold weather outside is immediately forgotten. It’s an evening spent up-close and personal with an extremely talented woman.

Webb has a way of engaging with her audience that makes you feel like you’ve always known her and her quirks.

It's an intimate experience for a lucky few (Picture: Paul Hampson)
It’s an intimate experience for a lucky few (Picture: Paul Hampson)

Her next song Amelia – the title track of her album – resonates with young girls and tells a story of embracing your mistakes, like a good friend would encourage you to do.

She brings you straight into the story behind her songs and has the ability to make you relate to situations you haven’t gone through. There’s a tear or two shed here tonight, especially during emotional ballads Roles Reversed and Last Train To London.

The stage is set for a budding career (Picture: Paul Hampson)
The stage is set for a budding career (Picture: Paul Hampson)

Webb laughs at herself when things go wrong, and readily gives great advice to the young girls who aspire one day to do what she’s doing.

It’s not a long set and we quickly reach the finale, House On Fire. But she’s back in these parts in a few weeks’ time when she launches her UK tour with a show at UEA.

There's a real connection between Mimi Webb and her audience (Picture: Paul Hampson)
There’s a real connection between Mimi Webb and her audience (Picture: Paul Hampson)

And with that trek around the country long since sold out, this talented young singer-songwriter is heading only one way from here.

See you on that stadium tour soon…

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