Live review: Alice Merton @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

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Indie-rock artist Alice Merton put on a smooth display at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, on March 22.

In a venue internationally renowned for hosting up-and-coming stars, the ‘No Roots’ singer performed the intimate gig in front of about two hundred fans.

Merton was supported by the Irish soul singer, Sion Hill. He performed with style and confidence, and his gravelly tones gave off a vibe similar to Tom Grennan. An incredibly talented young musician, he performed with style and confidence, and is definitely one to watch in the future.

Merton introduced her set with the explosive ‘Learn to Live’, which is also the opening track in her platinum selling debut album, ‘Mint’.

From the catch rhythm of ‘Funny Business’ to the misty undertones of ‘Speak Your Mind’, each song added something different to the gig.

Alice Merton energised the crowd at the intimate gig
Credit: Sam Ormiston

Having only been introduced to Alice Merton earlier this year by my enthusiastic mother who had heard her on Radio 2, I was particularly excited to hear her perform ‘No Roots’, the song which brought Merton into the spotlight.

She did not disappoint. Talking about her own roots before the song, she emphasised that she feels like she does not belong to anywhere in particular. As a citizen of Britain, Germany and Canada, this is understandable.

Unique in origin and sound, Merton proved herself to be more than a one-hit-wonder. She particularly impressed the crowd with her passionate performance of ‘Trouble in Paradise’, which she wrote in the aftermath of a fallout with her manager.

Her smooth tones were perfectly complemented by her band and backing singers, who were not overpowering in the slightest but definitely added to the overall show.

Due to the intimate nature of the gig, it was clear to see that the majority of people in attendance were familiar with Merton and her lyrics, which only encouraged Merton to give a strong vocal performance. This was only helped by the amazing acoustics inside the venue.

Alice Merton put on a wonderful display at the Wah Wah Hut. I predict that she will go from strength to strength, and hopefully the success of her debut album will spur her on to further success.

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