LIVE REVIEW: Nao, The Haunt Brighton, 23/04/16

For a newcomer like Nao, you wouldn’t expect such a self-assured young lady with domineering stage presence, especially having only first toured in the past couple of years or so. But then Nao is no ordinary, and there’s a reason she’s been on lists aplenty since she emerged.

At the Haunt in Brighton, she owns the stage like she knew it was hers for the night, like an R&B queen should. Her dance movements were performed with such natural sass, accentuated with the striking light display of bold colours creating a silhouette of pure feminist power. Essentially? One seriously cool chick who knows how to work it. And then some.

Nao has complete control over her vocals – hitting all the right notes as if they were studio recordings. With even more production and training it’s clear she has potential to take her voice one step further and develop an even stronger vocal capacity, especially on songs with a higher vocal range that might give her a little bit more variety to perform.

Playing all the debut songs she’s released, there was also space for some promising new material. But there’s no sign of her star waning before then – she kept the crowd thirsty for her encore of the much-loved Bad Blood. And love was what ensued, making it quite an honour to be a part of a wave that certainly does seem special.

Shelley Cornes

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