Pixie Lott looked every inch the pop star at the Bristol Jubilee Concert at the Mall at Cribbs Causeway, getting in the patriotic spirit by wearing red shoes, blue shorts and a white blouse. So it was a shame that although she looked every inch the pop star, she didn’t sound like one during her first song.
Pixie didn’t sound like anything at all, as despite a delay so long that compere Joel Dommett filled time by stripping to his underwear and making wildly inappropriate jokes about masturbation, her microphone failed to work and she was completely silent through more than a minute of her first song Mama Do, although failed to realise or apologise to her fans, so wet that they were probably beyond caring.
For a concert in the pouring rain, it was a surprise that Pixie’s set wasn’t more upbeat. She instead played stripped down acoustic versions of many of her songs, and a few covers for good measure including Use Somebody by Kings of Leon, and Be Young, Be Foolish But Be Happy, originally by The Tams.
While Pixie’s set was a bit on the mellow side, Misha B provided far more energy. Busking on the streets of Manchester only a year ago, The X Factor propelled Misha B to where she is today, with her debut single released in July, she regularly reminded us.
A cover of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep opened her 30-minute set, following a short but lively selection of songs by Cheltenham band Young Kato.
Misha B looks like she is an X Factor contestant who really does have that elusive X Factor, and she didn’t need two male dancers to detract from her powerful soul voice and stage presence. Unlike Pixie, she could really belt out a tune.
The Bristol Jubilee Concert was raising money for A Life for a Cure.