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Review of Caro Emerald at Hampton Court Palace, 17 June

| Festivals, Music, Venues | 27/06/2016

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As we previewed earlier this month, Caro Emerald was the latest in a star-studded line-up to take to the stage at the Hampton Court Palace Festival on 17th June 2016.  Despite an initial downpour – mirroring the last time she performed at the stunning venue – the clouds cleared as the Dutch jazz and pop singer put on a heck of a show to remind the packed crowd of her uplifting voice and unique style.  

Amongst the audience was Samm Abbott reporting for What’s On London.  

Caro_Emerald_2016_resized_1Hampton Court Palace provided an intimate yet stunning venue for 3,000 guests to be mesmerised by Caro Emerald and her band.  Many arrived nearly four hours beforehand to enjoy the venue’s gardens and ambience, but unfortunately the weather had other ideas with a deluge forcing the early arrivals to run for cover.

Still, it would have taken a lot more than that to dampen the moods of the concert goers and – with impeccable timing – the rain stopped in time for Emerald to enter the arena.

Eschewing some of the window dressing favoured by other performers, Emerald proved that when you’re exceptionally talented you don’t need a fancy stage or flashy extras to put on a truly amazing show.

IMG_5710Singing catchy, vibrant tunes from both her hit albums (Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor and The Shocking Miss Emerald), Emerald and her band wowed the crowd with Coming Back As A Man, Tangled UpPack Up the Louie, Liquid Lunch, Excuse My French, That Man, Riviera Life, Back It Up, The Other Woman and A Night like This.

Many got up on their feet and danced throughout, especially when Emerald came to perform a cover of Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass.

And her newest recording – Quicksand – also went down a treat, boding well for when her long-awaited third album’s released in due course.

Overall, this was a fantastic reminder of Emerald’s talent and a great taster of the many more things to come from her: starting with further festivals this summer, that third album and then her Emerald Island Tour in 2017.

For further information on Caro Emerald’s tour schedule and album release date, head to her official website.

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