Having first come to public attention as the vocalist on Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” back in 2014, the past few years have seen Jess Glynne’s career hit incredible heights and on Friday night, as part of a Music Showcase weekend, she brought THAT powerful voice and her band of musicians (and pretty nifty dancers to boot) to York Racecourse.
Taking a page from the Bruno Mars play-book, from the second they walked on stage, Jess and her energetic crew made sure that, even despite the fact it has been raining for six hours at that point, with beaming smiles on their faces, they excited and entertained their crowd enough to make them forget about being absolutely drenched.
While the hits including “Rather Be” and “Hold My Hand” were undoubtedly the fan favourites, “You Give Me Something” delivered a palpable burst of energy that reverberated around the entire racecourse. “My Love”, tonight performed in a slowed-down style didn’t quite fit in with proceedings, but, ever the professional, it didn’t take Jess – or the crowd – long to bounce back from the lull as “Ain’t Got Far To Go” kicked in and Jess split the thousands in attendance in half, giving each side some lyrics to sing back to her.
As the show began to draw to a close, Jess exited the stage to a growing chant of “We want more” and, ever eager to please, she soon appeared back before the masses to perform an encore consisting of “Take Me Home” (for this reviewer, THE standout performance of the night) and “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself.” With a slick and polished performance, Jess Glynne won over an army of new fans and also delighted those who have supported her from the beginning – if that’s not the sign of a true star, I for one honestly don’t know what is.