REVIEW: Pixie Lott performs at Cambs charity gig

Pixie Lott played at gig in Pidley on Saturday and Paul Richards was among the small crowd to watch the famous pop star perform.

THOSE who ventured to the small Huntingdonshire village of Pidley were in for a treat on Saturday night when chart-topping superstar Pixie Lott performed at a charity evening.

The show, in aid of EPIC (Everyday People Initiating Change) was organised by the hugely successful Evolution Dome team, whose incredible work at organising charity events has seen them raise exceptional amounts of money for worthy causes.

This special event, in a unique but perfectly constructed dome, also offered lucky fans the opportunity to see some of the finest local talent perform alongside the celebrity guest.

Resident guitarist Matt Harvey performed admirably throughout the evening, as both a backing musician for guest singers as well as performing several songs by himself, which ranged from up-tempo, fiery renditions of tracks by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Queen, alongside more soulful, quieter material.

Hailing from Essex, Libby Holden opened the show with a stunning set of lively covers, including a superb rendition of Duffy’s Warwick Avenue, which demonstrated the full extent of her powerful vocal range to perfection. Holden also performed an original track she has recently recorded, I very much doubt this is the last we hear of this bright young talent.

Flying over from America to perform, there was a real buzz surrounding Tennille Amor’s performance, and the feisty young singer didn’t disappoint with a lively set, backed again by Harvey. Amor’s evident personality shone through, alongside her versatility as a performer with a varied set that never dipped in quality.

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It wasn’t long before the evening’s main attraction, Pixie Lott, took to the stage, with the audience thrilled at her appearance. Despite her incredible recent success, Lott appeared comfortable in the more intimate setting, with a mesmerising performance that will long live in the memory of her many adoring fans in the audience.

Ending her set with a sublime acoustic version of her smash-hit Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh), Lott’s sweet and soulful vocals ooze clarity and when she joined Harvey, Amor and host-extraordinaire Jon Orchard (also a brilliant singer-songwriter in his own right) for a track shortly after it was evident that Pidley had never quite had an evening like this before. And yet, despite all the excitement, the fun was far from over - with Lott’s signed shoes being auctioned for the charity (raising �210 in the process), before a rousing set from Cambridgeshire indie covers band Frenzy.

Fast becoming one of the most in-demand bands on the pub circuit, Frenzy took to playing the bigger stage with ease, with an energetic set of popular guitar-led tunes played note-perfectly, adding to the party vibe.

Headline band Little Night Terrors have rightly been tipped as a band for the future, performing an all original set of fresh, vibrant indie-rock, with a dance edge. With shades of The Editors and Kasabian, Little Night Terrors are full of ideas, performing songs which deserve to be played in stadiums.

Saturday evening was far more than a gig - it was a collective of hard-working individuals generously giving up their time for charity, with spectacular results.

From the guest appearance of a genuine superstar, to a further reminder that Huntingdonshire has a lot to offer from it’s very own stars, it was evident to those who attended this masterfully organised event that EPIC was a night nobody will forget.