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Preview: Lianne La Havas at O2 Academy

9 December 2015
Preview: Lianne La Havas at O2 Academy
With a distinctive aesthetic - namely her hair in bauble-like bunches and a guitar perched high against her chest - and a husky, soulful sound, Lianne La Havas brings her unique hybrid energy to Leeds O2 Academy this Saturday the 12th. Support also comes from Roseau, singer and songwriter from Colchester who takes her moniker from her father’s Dominican heritage, and who expresses similar soulful sentiments.

La Havas is often kitsch yet thoughtful and her fusion of genres including soul, folk and elements of jazz, electronica and rock are a unique blend. Beginning her career as a backing vocalist for the likes of Paloma Faith, she stepped out as a soloist in 2010 when she signed to Warner Bros. Records, her first release following in 2012 with ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’ once she had honed her song writing skills, receiving ITunes’ accolade of Album of the Year. Followed by a handful of other nominations, such as this year’s MOBO awards and a spontaneous appearance from Prince at her East End home, she grew in recognition.

Her latest release Blood came earlier this year, inspired by her reconnection to her Jamaican and Greek heritage. With a husky soulful voice but a mannered temperament, La Havas is capable of producing both mature and classy pieces to more electronic sentiments and an accompanying wit that runs throughout her lyrics.

Catch her at the O2 Academy this Saturday 12th and grab your tickets here.

Emma is a Freelance Writer for Leeds Living. She has a degree in English literature from the University of Leeds and specialises in writing cultural editorials.
Photography by John Paul Pietrus