Izzy Bizu – King Tuts, Glasgow – 29/01/16

izzy-bizu-live-glasgow-king-tuts-2016-januaryIzzy Bizu played King Tut’s at the end of January, in what was her first headline tour since her Brits Critics Choice Award nomination.

Standing on a stage decorated with strings of mellow light bulbs and light stands, we were treated to an impressive 14-track set showcasing upcoming album White Tiger. here were a handful of tracks which really stood out including, ‘Adam & Eve’, ‘Fly With Your Eyes Closed’, and a fantastic rendition of ‘Give Me Love‘ (which to these ears included a little segue into Portishead’s ‘Glory Box’ before returning to the song itself).

Izzy was captivating dressed in simply a white t-shirt and denim dungarees; never since Bea Smith has such an outfit looked so good! But it was her voice which was the star of the night and where all compliments should be levelled. As we’ve said before her vocal talent grabs you and holds you in its grip for the entirety of the performance.

izzy-bizu-tuts-january-2016-235At times Izzy seemed a little giddy, moved, and excited by the reaction of the Glasgow crowd when she spoke between songs. Though she kept talk to minimum opting to give her music its rightful place. The music is from a band which are tight, relaxed, and give the perfect backdrop to her vocal effortlessly. The mix of talent on stage completing the live experience.

I’m not one to say “watch this space” very often, but you’d be doing yourself a favour to check out Izzy Bizu. We wait with bated breath for her debut album which seems agonisingly far away with a May release date pencilled in. Once out though, expect to hear her name quite a bit.

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