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Gig Review: Sigrid at Metronome

11 May 22 words: George White
photos: Tom Morley

Fresh off the back of her latest album, How to Let Go, Sigrid comes to Nottingham for a stripped-back acoustic session...

Since breaking onto the scene with her stunning debut album Sucker Punch back in 2019, Sigrid has won fans across the globe with her up-tempo, dancefloor-filling tracks - and with catchy tunes including Mirror and Burning Bridges featuring on her latest record, How to Let Go, her commitment to getting people moving looks set to continue. 

Yet here at Metronome, on her long-awaited return to Nottingham, she’s decided to do away with all of that - instead visiting us as part of what she describes as a ‘cosy’ tour, centred around stripped-back acoustic sessions with just a few hundred people in smaller, more intimate venues. And, while chilled out vibes may not be what Sigrid is best known for, it is an inspired decision that enables her to showcase just how exceptional her voice really is. 

Joined by only a couple of band members, there are no bells or whistles to distract from the music - just a singular focus on the impressive skill of this rising star. Pop singers can often get stick for hiding behind the spectacle of their live shows, with some questioning their ability to wow audiences without the frills, but after this wonderful display, no one can question Sigrid’s raw, extensive talent.

Each song lyric, each story, hits home with full force, the meaning and importance of this very personal record illustrated by the passion and intensity of her performance

Taking place only a few days after the release of her album, this also provides the perfect opportunity for the audience to instantly connect with all of the new tunes. Each song lyric, each story, hits home with full force, the meaning and importance of this very personal record illustrated by the passion and intensity of her performance. 

The 25-year-old’s rendition of Bad Life, a toned-down version of her collaboration with Bring Me The Horizon, is deeply moving, its intimacy - as just herself, a keyboard and a microphone take centre stage - underlining a message of resilience and optimism that feels so important in these post-pandemic times. And during Thank Me Later, the fully-consumed crowd are transported into a tale of tired relationships and the need to move on, with the singer-songwriter opening up with a real sense of vulnerability. 

It’s a short set - just over half an hour in total - but with the Norwegian taking the time to tell jokes and interact with the audience, as well as showcasing the best that her new record has to offer in a really engaging, personal way, it’s packed with properly memorable moments. Whether it’s festivals, arenas or more modest venues, it appears Sigrid can do it all.

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