REVIEW: Emeli Sandé, Newcastle City Hall

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EMELI Sandé showcased her version of events at Newcastle City Hall on Saturday.

Before the Sunderland-born star took to the stage, it was a real treat to see support come from London singer-songwriter Sam Smith, who set the tone for the night with his stunning vocals and heartfelt lyrics.

As the lights went down and the chart-topping hit Heaven kicked in, applause from the crowd gave Emeli a warm welcome.

The Brit award winner, dressed in a floral pencil skirt, grey blouse and a cropped pale pink jacket, looked every inch the pop star.

Talkative throughout, the 25-year-old Aberdeenshire-based singer-songwriter was keen to explain the meanings behind songs from her debut album, Our Version Of Events, which added a great dimension to the show.

Songs from the best-selling album of 2012, including Where I Sleep and Breaking The Law – which she dedicated to her sister – got everyone singing along.

A quieter version of Suitcase saw Emeli joined by bassist James as the pair took centre stage for a performance of the track which was extended with “special” lyrics, “so fans could hear the full story”. It was a real goosebump moment.

Several new songs made it on to the set list, including Half Of Me, a song about the 2011 riots, and Pluto.

Slowing things back down with a beautiful piano solo of Clown, the lyrics Emeli claims she “lives her life by” were dedicated “to all the clowns out there, who try regardless of the consequences”.

Continuing on the piano, she performed the stunning River, and screams of “I love you” from the adoring crowd made her smile as much as the thoroughly-entertained audience.