Review: VEVO Halloween 2016 (Blossoms, Zara Larsson, Jack Garratt, Aurora, + Izzy Bizu)


After attending VEVO Halloween in 2015 and being impressed by both the performances and the effort gone into the night itself, I was extremely excited to go again in 2016. It has moved from Manchester to Liverpool and the venue was perfect. Bramley Moore Dock was kitted out and turned into a Halloween dream, or nightmare. There were decorations everywhere you looked and even a bar covered in maggots. It set the scene for an incredible night.

First to play was British singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu who played a gorgeous set packed with songs from her album A Moment of Madness. The soulful vibes took over the dock along with the bands incredibly tight performance and Bizu’s honest lyrics. The highlight of her set was the brilliant White Tiger which really got Liverpool ready for the night ahead. A superb performance.

Next up was Norwegian songstress Aurora, most known for her cover of Half The World Away by Oasis. She performed a very eerie set full of haunting songs which turned Bramley Moore Dock into a very spooky venue. Not many artists can shift an atmosphere as good as I saw from her set, incredibly impressive.

Third to perform was multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt who performed one of my favourite sets of the evening. It is always a pleasure to watch this absolute genius perform and this time was no different. A captivating musical performance along with stunning vocals captivated Liverpool for all of his set. The highlight for me was the stunning song Worry which had the entirety of the venue singing along.

The penultimate performance came from special guest and pop princess Zara Larsson. She had my favourite costume of the night, dressed as the magical Maleficent and she looked amazing. She filled her set with pop anthem after pop anthem and made the whole of the dock dance. Highlights were Lush Life and Never Forget You which turned the crowd into a harmonic choir.

The final, and my favourite, performance of the night came from Stockport band Blossoms. Their set was the perfect blend of beautifully written songs, catchy riffs and a couple of covers thrown in their too. I never bore of watching Blossoms play live and they seem to get better every time. Charlemagne and Get Away were highlights as was when they threw in a cover of my favourite song ever, Half The World Away.

VEVO absolutely smashed this event out of the park. One of the best multi-performance shows I have ever been to and I can’t wait to see what they have in store next year.

Thanks VEVO xx


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Review by Jack McCabe | @jmc2630

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