In March, Music editor Harry Hetherington sat down with Northampton's Slowthai to discuss the Joker, genius.com, and Britain's imperial hangoverWritten by Harry Hetherington on 24th May 2019
Live Review: Maisie Peters
Emily Calder discusses Maisie Peters' warming and impressive live show at Birmingham's Sunflower Lounge
Entering the intimate embrace of The Sunflower Lounge on a warm April evening, the packed room was humming with anticipation for the stunning Maisie Peters. Following her impressive support act Plested, who has written for the likes of Little Mix and The Chainsmokers, watching her band warm up whilst listening to a ‘girl power’ playlist created by Peters herself was an extraordinary moment of expectation. As the singer wandered through the crowd towards the stage, backed by the final chorus of the Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’, the audience was keen for her to begin as she quickly opened with the warm notes of ‘In My Head’. With a grin on her face and donning a red velvet jumper, Peters emerged into the spotlight and animatedly performed, the crowd following her every word.
“Peters emerged into the spotlight and animatedly performed, the crowd following her every word
“Peters treated the crowd to a new song ‘This Is On You’, an up-beat bop about cutting people off
“The crowd were equally as enthusiastic about a song they had never heard as the ballads that they have been enjoying at home
What made this section especially distinct was Maisie singing ‘Favourite Ex’ to her sister (whose ex, she revealed, inspired the song) in the crowd, with a wide smile. The autobiographical aspect of her music was especially prominent at this stage, and epitomised the intimacy and relatability of Peters’ writing that makes her fans feel so close to her. After an up-beat performance of one of Maisie’s most recent releases ‘Stay Young’, and a beautiful encore, Peters thanked fans profusely for being a wonderful audience and left the stage with her band still serenading them to the final notes of ‘Worst Of You’. They filtered out still bustling with the excitement and beauty of her performance.
Whilst the intimacy of the venue indicates that Maisie Peters’ avid following has room to grow, she truly seems off to an excellent start for such a young individual who is only one EP deep into her career. The authenticity and relatability in her writing is just as evident in her personality and nature as a performer; her songs are as real as her talent, and she is part of a small proportion of artists who are able to re-craft their songs entirely in live performance. The loyalty of her following and anticipation for her growth and future music was felt within the room throughout the evening, and I am positive that this sold-out tour will be followed by many more stunning shows and releases as she grows as an artist. I, for one, cannot wait to see what else Maisie has in store.