Girls taking centre stage

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THE local indie scene is awash with angst-ridden fellas bemoaning lost loves, but there’s a host of soulful sisters who are also wowing in the spotlight.

Take the all-female stellar line-up at the Girls R Loud gig we enjoyed at Independent’s Little Room.

Topping the bill was Hattie Murdoch, who has set the North East scene alight this year with her debut EP, Ocean Floor.

She’s got a real passion on stage as she ripped through her set, electric guitar in hand, band behind her.

However, it was those further down the bill at this Macmillan charity gig who impressed us most, in particular Ange Telford.

Teetering on to stage in sky-scraper heels (we like her style ), she launched into a funky blend of covers and her own self-penned tracks.

She gave a gutsy, soulful version of Maroon 5’s recent infectious ditty Moves Like Jagger, before she tackled a Nicki Minaj number.

Superbass is a tricky track to make your own, but Ange did it with ease, managing to imbue the lyrics with more meaning than the more showy Ms Minaj.

I’d heard great things about the next turn, Natasha Haws, who’s impressed 6Music’s Tom Robinson.

After hearing her live, I now know why those in-the-know have been singing her praises from the roof tops.

She gave an emotionally-charged performance punctuated by wry humour and a sand-dancer lilt – she’s one cool cucumber and we loved her.

Completing the quartet of performers was Faith Elliott. She was more timid than the other acts, but proved to be quite the songbird.

She had a melancholy tone which lent itself well to tracks by Katy Perry and Regina Spektor.

I’ve not been to a gig at Little Room before, the side room to the main stage at Independent, but it works for a more pared-down intimate set.

Drinks were a cracking price too at £1.30 for a vodka lemonade. It meant we could get four rounds for a tenner before we headed off to Park Lane where the prices are a little less purse-friendly.