Since the huge worldwide success of her last album, reaching number one record and certified 7x platinum, MBE and multi Brit Award winner, Emeli Sande, has returned for her Long Live the Angels Tour. She stormed the SSE Hydro in Glasgow with her second studio album, which debuted at number 2 on the UK album chart.
Supporting her tour is outstanding, Britain’s Got Talent star and overnight sensation, Calum Scott. Coming a long way from his ‘Dancing on My Own’ days, Scott is loving tour life with Emeli and its only day two, he says it is a “Yorkshire man’s dream come true” being where he is today. Showing off his new work, single ‘Give Me Something’ and even an Ed Sheeran cover, Scott wows the crowd and takes them on a musical journey. ‘Dancing on My Own’ changed everything for him, and he deserved one of the longest applause after it. He said “I live for moments like that” and promises he will be back to Glasgow one day.
Sande’s artistic stage production was eye-catching and exquisite, with glass boxes that projected various images of lilies, roses, smoke, and even backing dancers slowly circulating within them.
With a band consisting of eight members and The Halos for backup vocals, the show starts with a powerful entrance. In her characteristic outfit choice, all black, Sande first says, “It feels good to be back” and “It’s good to be home.” The Aberdonian last performed in Glasgow at Oran Mor and since then has been on such a journey, she thanked the crowd for being patient and supporting her throughout it. She dedicated one of her favourite songs to Glasgow ‘Every Single Little Piece’.
Sande puts every piece of herself into her music and it shows. Her enthusiasm and energy on stage is full of passion and heart. This reflects in her music as it brings people together and is highly intimate. During the interval, a very moving reel of videos were played, showing a catalogue of people’s life experiences and how Sande’s music has affected them personally.
Her music comes from a spiritual place and she love’s being able to share it with everyone. In the centre of the arena with a piano she took the crowds breath away and had everyone watching in awe, as she performed ‘Clown’ and ‘River’. What a presence she brought to the arena with just one voice and a piano.
Just as you thought it was all over, Sande returns to the stage for one more song. A goose bump rendition of ‘Read All About It’ had everyone in the hydro singing along to such a meaningful song.
The overall performance was absorbing, both involving and engaging the crowd throughout, Sande truly made the Hydro’s enormous backdrop feel like an intimate gig, securing her place as one of Scotland’s finest singers.