Review: Laura Mvula at the Royal Hall in Harrogate

After the hottest July in living memory, the closing weekend of Harrogate International Festival brought an incredible headline act to the palace of gold, the Royal Hall. Before Ivor Novello winning Laura Mvula took her place on the stage, the evening was kicked off in mellow style by Pocklington’s Fin Henderson. He soon had the audience mesmerised, particularly with his incredibly accomplished piano playing, and I hope big things lie ahead. It certainly feels like his CD album could fit nicely between Tom Odell, George Ezra and Tom Walker on the shelf…or to be more realistic, on your streaming app of choice. I know…I’m a luddite.

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