Live Review: Ella Mai @ O2 Ritz, Manchester, 09/01/19
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This is the London-born star’s first ever headline tour, but you honestly wouldn’t know. Mai is a natural on stage and fabulous at interacting with her fans, repeatedly thanking them for their ongoing support: “It feels great to be back,” she grins. The singer has been taking the US by storm over the last year but has been relatively overlooked in the UK charts. She appears authentic and genuinely grateful, which goes down very well with fans.
That’s not to say she has a small fan base here in the UK, in fact, quite the opposite. The room is visibly packed and brimming with energy that doesn’t seem to fade at all throughout her hour-long set.Dancing in a pink and blue lit haze, Mai kicks off the night with lesser-known tracks 'Good Bad, Dangerous' and 'Sauce' before pausing for an interlude seven songs in. After bursting into the mainstream music scene with her 2018 hit ‘Boo’d up’, Mai planted herself into every R&B lover's Spotify playlist. Although many critics were quick to judge, labelling her as just another one hit wonder, Mai defied the odds and stuck around, releasing her successful debut self-titled album back in October. Fast forward to Wednesday night at Manchester’s O2 Ritz, bursting with both awe and pride, Mai is quick to remind the crowd that she’s “still here” - a loud and proud statement that is met with a roar of applause.
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