6th November 2023
The room was already pretty full by the time support act Lauran Hibberd walked onto the stage in an eye-catching flowy lime green dress. Her set was short, but incredibly fun. In the second song she asked the whole crowd to get down on the floor and jump up at the count of 3; a bold move for an opening act that paid-off well. Lauran let her bubbly personality shine through and chatted to the crowd in-between each song, which was refreshing and engaging. Still Running (5K) was a highlight in the set: different and catchy. I would definitely recommend watching-out for her the next time she plays in the city.
When Sea Girls came on stage, the whole crowd erupted. After a short instrumental piece and light show, they dove straight into Damage Done, from their 2020 debut album Open Up Your Head. It is impossible to not jump and dance to their upbeat songs. You can tell how much the band enjoy performing, and their joy is infectious. Closest member to us on stage, guitarist Rory Young, was jumping and doing high kicks, all with a huge smile on his face. Its lovely to see that, despite an intense touring schedule since lockdown lifted, the band seem to truly love every second they are on stage.
The band played a balanced set of their upbeat and euphoric debut album, and their generally slower-tempo but catchy second album. They also treated fans that knew them from the start to a few B-sides from their earlier EP’s, such as Daisy Daisy, Too Much Fun and Why Won’t You Admit, so there was something for everyone.
They ended their set with two high-energy fan favourites, All I Wanna Hear You Say and Call Me Out. There was not a single person in the room that was not jumping along to these two songs. Whilst guitar-driven pop is not usually my personal cup of tea, I came out of the crowd beaming and out of breath, and will definitely be attending their next gig in the city.
Whilst the tour is now finished, you can watch out for any new dates via their website: https://www.seagirls.net/uk-tour