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.

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Championed by Rolling Stone last year and named one of their ‘Ten New Country Artists You Need To Know’, Emily Faye’s passion for music stretches far beyond the short time she’s been in the spotlight as a star in her own right. Having gone from writing songs in her bedroom and studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute, she’s now released her debut EP called Here I Am.

Opening with “Open Road”, the collection gets off to a great and upbeat start, thanks to Faye’s soft, almost innocent vocal perfectly being perfectly paired with a toe-tapping country rhythm. “Giving In” is much slower, but maintains the EP’s focus on Faye’s vocal talents as she delivers the tracks’ strong, emotive lyrics that hold a a hint of defiance and rebellion in them.

“Game Over” is the kind of track that deserves to be played when listeners are taking a summer’s day drive with their friends. There’s an unmistakable ‘freedom and exploration’ vibe to the song – a perfect accompaniment to the upcoming summer break – that is sure to have the piece put on repeat.

Written about being comfortable with someone; a boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, or friend, who loves you for you, no matter what, there’s a reflective, deeply emotive and connective feel to closing number “Me For Me”, and as someone who has always struggled with self-confidence, the song reminded me that I have people in my life who wouldn’t and don’t want me to change who or how I am.

The EP as a whole has a very almost old-school, traditional feel to it, making it stand out from the many other releases of recent weeks and months that have focused more on the modern music styles which dominate the charts and the industry in general. The collection is a fantastic introduction to one of the hottest names in country music right now and will certainly have fans eager to see where Emily Faye goes and what she creates with her talent next.


As summer approaches and the festival season slowly gets into full-swing, one of the hottest upcoming events is the second annual Ibiza Burlesque festival, which takes place Friday 25th – Sunday 27th May.

Founded by singer-songwriter Sapphira, who has found the music of the white isle a lifeline during her struggles with bipolar, this years’ event, organised by the globally established company Sapphira’s Showgirls which champions self-expression and fundraises in support of mental health, includes a tribute of her debut single Money$hot as well as a special guest appearance by Billboard Top 20 and Grammy Award winning artist, Kim Cameron with DJ Halo.

Other highlights of the festival include performances from several world class artists, hailing from seven different countries, with Innocence Bliss and Jamilia Wardknott, both from the UK, and Italy’s Scarlet Lovelace among those confirmed to entertain those in attendance. There’s also a swimwear parade, a couple of pool parties and, if you fancy learning a little bit of burlesque yourself, you can take a beginner class in Sex A Peel with Sheila Starr Siani or Fantastic Fans with Sapphira.

The festival works in partnership with premium venues on the island, with the premier event – the Bass & Tease gala – taking place at the distinguished Heart Ibiza, a state-of-the-art restaurant come nightclub. From the first day to the last, the festival is set to delight and excite all those who attend.

For a full programme of events and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.