I cannot believe I missed Keto again! If you have followed my posts you will know that I missed Keto on two occasions so I was determined this year to see her. Once I saw she will be playing at The Bodega I booked my ticket not even paying attention to who the main act was! Interestingly enough, it was Julia Jacklin. A few days after I booked my ticket the gig was sold out! I had good luck!
I arrived at 8:15pm. Doors were at 7:00pm and apparently Keto was on from 7:30pm to 8:00pm. The venue was packed. I didn't even get close to my usual spot. This time I had to stay way behind, approximately in the middle of the venue. I couldn't see too much as much taller people were in front of me but thankfully I did have a good view in between their shoulders!
The audience was of all ages. The majority however were a bit older. Over 35. I actually felt on the younger end of the gig-goers.
Julia Jacklin was to appear at 8:30pm. The stage was prepared and she came on stage a few minutes after that. She started off with two songs and then went on to welcome the crowd. The audience was very welcoming and cheered her during every song. A woman screamed 'Welcome to Nottingham' and Julia thanked her and said 'Thank you all for coming. This is so nice. The first time we played here there were about 10 people in the audience and we were cut off after the 4th song'.
She has such a beautiful voice. Smooth and flawless. I found myself swaying to the rhythm with my eyes shut. My being very tired could have contributed to me wanting to close my eyes but it was a nice feeling nonetheless. I loved all of her songs even if I had only heard two on youtube. (once I book the tickets I search to see what is in store for me!).
I also loved her simple down to earth attitude. In between songs she said 'Thank you all. We are on our second week of our tour and we hope you don't mind the lack of clean clothes. You won't judge us'. The crowd screamed 'no, we love you' and Julia continued to sing. She had three young men accompanying her - two guitarists and a drummer. Unfortunately I cannot remember all of their names. Harrison was the one guitarist and I think Johnny was the drummer.
Before she sang my favorite 'Pool Party' she stated that it would be the second to last song. Everybody in the venue exhaled out of disappointment. We wanted more!
As she was singing, a woman behind me softly said to her partner 'She's really good'. And it's true. Julia Jacklin is, indeed, really good. I looked her up and most of her gigs are sold out. Well done to those who secured a ticket and I'm sorry to those that didn't. You are really missing out.
It seems 'Pool Party' is a common favorite because the whole venue was singing along. A boy behind me was singing loudly and I swear he had the same voice as the lead singer of Teleman so as you can imagine I enjoyed the 'duet'.
Once she sung her final song she was off the stage. The crowd as usual roared for more. Julia came on the stage again and sang the Strokes 'Someday'.
It was a very pleasant evening. I was surprised with how good Julia Jacklin is. I do hope I hear more about her because she deserves it. The crowd enjoyed their evening and respected her. She is a great artist.