On a Monday night you could be forgiven for wanting to stay in and mourn the loss of yet another weekend, luckily for us Nina Nesbitt and Lower Than Atlantis were waiting in the infamous 100 Club wings to kick the week off in style.
The night began with Lower Than Atlantis stepping out of their more familiar territory with an exclusive acoustic set. Despite the change in delivery from these future Reading festival main stage players, the band delivered an incredible performance, captivating their adoring audience of fans who had queued for hours to see them. The tone may have been softer but the energy remained the same and it was soon apparent that we were witnessing a very special moment in the bands history. The set was littered with dialogue from front man Mike Duce between tracks, a genuine tack that quickly established him as a friend to every member in the room. Their cover of The Police’s classic ‘Message in a Bottle’ proved an unexpected highlight and credit is due to a band who turned their fast paced rock songs into credible acoustic versions.
After a brief pause and some indie anthems to keep the crowd going, petite, blonde songstress, Nina Nesbitt, strode onto the stage with an undeniable sense of presence to pick up where Lower Than Atlantis left off. Powering into her opening track, the crowd were soon enraptured with the feisty female holding the room and the set flowed effortlessly with tracks ‘The Apple Tree ‘and ‘Brit Summer’ from her forthcoming EP standing out along with favourite, ‘Stay Out’. Stay Out was the party piece, a grand finale of a song, which prompted a nice round of crowd interaction with a boy’s versus girls ‘Stay Out’ sing off. Sorry girls but the boys won hands down!
Accompanied by a strong backing band, new life was brought to Nina’s poppy offerings; giving perhaps an unexpected depth to the performance and leaving a sense that we may just have seen a future star in the making.
It was a night of two very different artists with very different sounds, coming together for the night and complimenting each other perfectly. It was quite simply, another Converse Gigs @ The 100 Club classic.