For one night only the supremely talented Sarah Darling turned The Lantern venue situated in the famous Colston Hall into a beautiful musical galaxy. Before the US sensation hit the stage for the last night of her debut UK headlining tour, the capacity crowd were treated to the vocal stylings of Emma Stevens.
The Bristol crowd instantly took to the Brit and songs such as the poignant ‘Sunflower’ had the audience captivated. The track was written after her mother sadly passed away 6 years ago and it’s a really beautiful song. Other tracks she performed included the toe tapping ‘Once’, and the pop infused ‘Amaretto Kisses’. She ended her set to a loud round of applause and after a short interval it was time for the star of the show.
Sarah arrived on stage looking absolutely stunning in a simple black gown with red roses emblazoned onto the front, with her flowing blonde locks loose around her shoulders. She kicked off her incredible 90 minute set with the beautiful stripped back ‘You Don’t Have To Be Lonely Tonight’, which showcased her honey sweet vocals, before launching into the Nashville TV show track ‘Tell That Devil’.
With the crowd in full voice, Darling continued with her hit-filled set which included, old, new and future releases. A real standout moment was a new song titled ‘Wings’, which she admitted may not make her new album, which is due for release later this year around October time. But after tonight it simply has to be on the tracklist.
Other new songs included the brilliant, dancey, ‘Shimmer’, and the poignant, inspiring ‘Diamonds’, which was dedicated to anyone going through a hard time by the sweet star, and the sensational ‘More Issues Than Vogue’, which has a brilliant Maren Morris vibe to it. For me this has to be her next single as it has the potential to become a global crossover hit.
‘Wasted’, a song written ten years ago by the singer, was released at the start of the month and allowed for the auditorium to fall into silence as Sarah’s spellbinding vocals filled the space. Her stunning vocals were the star of the show and on ‘Monmarte’ they transported the Bristol crowd to Paris. Other songs on the set list included the fantastic, ‘Wandering Star’, ‘The Boy Never Stays’, ‘Home To Me’, and ‘Where Cowboys Ride’ amongst many others. In the middle of the set, Darling brought support act Emma Stevens back on stage for a rendition of Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ which was a really special moment as their two voices blended beautifully, and the evening also included a beautiful tribute to the late, great Tom Petty.
As the night drew to a close Sarah Darling thanked the adoring crowd for singing along and for making her last tour date so special. She ended the gig with a sublime rendition of ‘Halley’s Comet’ which had the crowd cheering and whistling for more. As she left the stage to thunderous applause it wasn’t long until she returned, much to the crowd’s delight, for a two song encore.
The encore included the fantastic, toe-tapping, feel-good track ‘Little Umbrellas’, which had the audience singing and dancing along. She ended the incredible concert with the divine ‘Stargazer’ and left to loud cheers and whistles.
Words by Laura Klonowski
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