May 9, 2014 reviews… Kimberly Anne @ The Great Escape
by James
by James hmv London, Bio "Like the legend of the Phoenix, I've just eaten a whole packet of chocolate HobNobs..." Editor, reviews… Kimberly Anne @ The Great Escape

We kicked off The Great Escape festival in Brighton with a visit to a magical tent known as The Spigelpub to check out singer-songwriter Kimberly Anne...



Kimberly Anne, soulful singer-songwriter armed with an acoustic guitar and an awesome haircut.


The Spiegelpub, Old Steine Gardens @ The Great Escape.

Was it full? And how were the crowd?

The tent was pretty rammed and the crowd were getting right into it, with a group of them suddenly bursting into spontaneous backing vocals for one of her songs.

So what was the set like? What did she play?

Just the 30 minute set from Kimberly Anne as all the TGE shows are on the short side, but even though she’s a relative newcomer there was plenty of singing along, particularly during a soulful rendition of ‘Hard as Hello’, taken from her latest EP, and ‘Bury it There’.

Any good between song banter?

Plenty. Kimberly Anne is obviously a natural entertainer and she was so relaxed in front of the crowd the gig might as well have been in her living room. There was also the offer of a free download when purchasing a cup of tea, immediately followed by Kimberley making a joke out of her own generosity: “Yeah, never mind the music, where’s the tea at?”

Did she put on much of a show?

Considering the fact it was just her and a guitar on a very small stage, there wasn’t much room for pyrotechnics and the like, but the atmosphere was great and her rapport with the audience made for a very entertaining set.

What was the highlight of the set?

Towards the end Kimberly asked the crowd if they liked 90s dance music, before launching into an amazing cover of Robin S.’ ‘Show Me Love’ which had the crowd singing at the top of their voices. She then managed to segue this seamlessly into a rendition DJ Luck & MC Neat’s garage classic ‘With a Little Bit of Luck’. The crowd went nuts.

Where can I catch her next?

Kimberly Anne will be putting in appearances at Festifeel on June 21st in the London Fields Brewery and at Kendall Calling on August 1st, alongside the likes of De La Soul and Mr. Scruff.

Kimberly Anne - Hard As Hello

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