Live Review: Lauran Hibberd - Jimmy’s, Manchester 22/05/19
Stopping off at Jimmy’s, Manchester, we caught Lauran Hibberd on her first ever headline tour.
There’s no doubt about it, there’s a huge buzz about Lauran Hibberd at the moment, and rightly so, her unique and witty vocals put a fun spin on indie pop music. Having never seen Lauran perform before, and with hearing only good things, I had high hopes for the night ahead.
I think it’s important to mention that the gig fell on the two year anniversary of the Manchester Arena terror attack, this night two years ago the city stood still. Ever since the city has become stronger, with music being the centre of all memorials, turning them into celebrations. Tonight we saw a refreshing and promising taste of the next generation of musical talent, headlined by Lauran Hibbert, at one of Manchester’s best independent venues and it was pretty wholesome.
First support came from Abbie Ozard, a local artist who performed a short solo set to an early crowd. Usually accompanied by a full band, Abbie slowed down her tracks to create a beautiful atmosphere in the room. Her lyrics nod to heartbreak and teenage romance, whilst her coming of age aesthetic lead us naturally into her final song ‘Growing Pains’. 2019 could well be a promising year for Abbie Ozard, be sure to keep an eye out for her.
Next up we had Devon, joining Lauran on all dates of the tour, they gave a 110% performance. Their set was filled with fun, dancing and a whole lot of passion. At this point the crowd were still a little shy, supping their Jimmy’s branded lager, whilst keeping their distance from the stage. Devon requested for the crowd to move forwards, this way we were able to appreciate the overly catchy indie tunes up close and personal.
It wasn’t long before Lauran Hibbert graced the stage with her band. Wearing a tshirt only appropriate for the 18+ age restriction on the gig, the words “Fuck you, you fucking fuck” set the vibe. After the first song, Lauran said hello to the crowd “that song was called Sugar Daddy, it wasn’t a joke”. With the t-shirt, comical lyrics and a fun personality, we knew from the get go Lauran wasn’t messing around.
Running through her familiar songs including ‘Hoochie’, ‘Hunny Is This What Adults Do?’, ‘What Do Girls Want?’ and ‘Call Shotgun’, Lauran kept us entertained throughout. Her set was full of innuendos, funny jokes and honesty, which makes her all the more likable. Her 90’s vibes, lilac guitar and feel-good tunes reveal personality, and proof that Lauran is going to be in this for the long haul.
Whilst talking in-between songs Lauran mentioned how they were used to being the support band, even admitting that “we’re from the Isle of Wight where nothing ever happens, so this is fairly big for us”. I love the modesty, and for that I know she will go far. This is just the start for Lauran Hibberd!
Words and photography by Abbie Jennings