Bishop Briggs // Live Review // Hoxton Courtyard Theatre

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Bishop Briggs at Hoxton Courtyard Theatre 13/09/16 (Photographer: Elizabeth Andrade)

Having been greatly impressed by newcomer, Bishop Briggs at this years Great Escape Festival, Brighton, I since anticipated her return to the UK. Tonight, mirrored her amazing showcase back in May; Bishop’s energy and passion was palpable; the performer to audience synchronised call and response through the sweat felt incredible to be part of, here in Hoxton’s Courtyard Theatre. I, nor anyone else, could contain our excitement to be here, and neither could the effervescent Bishop herself, bouncing about the sticky sweaty stage: “It feels amazing to be here in London tonight. It’s so sweaty, but I love it!” (Screaming and stamping her feet).

A special mention goes to Bishop’s support tonight: Arrow Benjamin. Despite having sadly missed the first act of the night, my spirits were lifted by the arrival of Benjamin who gave a warm soulful opening that was only too short lived; I cannot wait to see a headlining set of his own. Highlight tracks included ‘Running’ (Lose It All), a Naughty Boy track which the artist most recently lent his vocals to with Beyoncé and Arrow’s closing song, latest single: ‘We All Rise’.

Tonight’s sold-out old theatre was a fitting platform to frame Bishop Briggs strength of vocal range and electronic sound wall from her trio backing; drummer, bassist, keys/synth players. Opening with sass and prowess on: ‘The way I do’, personally one of my favourites, Bishop glided through her songs (a small and growing collection) from the newly released ‘Pray’ and ‘Mercy’ to the airplay track of the moment: ‘Wild Horses’. By the arrival of the finale: ’River’ we were longing for more.

It has been incredible watching Bishop Briggs’ growth. Her confidence has certainly developed, perhaps helped by an increased following in succession of relentless touring of Europe and the US, most recently in support of Coldplay’s arena tour. From first listen, I was hooked on Bishop Briggs, it’s only a matter of time before the artist will be on everyone’s radar.

Writer: Elizabeth Andrade: @LizzyyEA

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The Great Escape Artist to Watch // Bishop Briggs

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(Photographer: Elizabeth Andrade)

Excited by the prospect of hearing new music, I volunteered. Volunteering at the Great Escape Festival was an amazing opportunity to see so many up and coming bands, most of which I had never heard of and wouldn’t have otherwise seen.

One such artist was Bishop Briggs. I found myself in the Arch having been nearby for another gig, navigated by the Great Escape app, I was pleasantly surprised.

An artist of incredibly infectious eclectic electro-pop; I found myself unintentionally moving to the music. Everyone around me was similarly hypnotised. Each of the tracks flowed effortlessly, from ‘Wild Horses’ to ‘Hollow’ to ‘Dead Man’s Arm’s’ finishing with ‘River’. The style, eclectic, occasionally accompanied by electric guitar but always punctuated by electronic, synthy elements, and strong soulful vocals.

Originally known as Bishop, but due to a conflict with another band they had to change their name to Bishop Briggs. Having grown up in Japan, Hong Kong and now living in LA, must have shaped this unique sound.

With only three singles released to date, I cannot wait to buy the album, hopefully it’ll be with us soon…This autumn Briggs opens for Coldplay; it won’t be long until this artist is huge!

Writer: Elizabeth Andrade: @LizzyyEA

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