Gig Review: Beverley Knight – I LOVE SOULSVILLE Tour – The Lowry, Salford


Photo Credit: Michelle Owen-Williams

Beverley Knight cements her place as one of Britain’s greatest soul singers on her I LOVE SOULSVILLE tour

Since the release of her debut album THE B-FUNK in 1995, Beverley Knight has been riding on a high. Widely labelled as one of Britain’s greatest soul singers, the three time MOBO winner has a whopping eight studio albums to her name, has starred in two West End shows and even has an MBE for her contribution to British music. Following the release of her new top ten album Soulsville, Knight returns to the road for a brand new UK tour, I LOVE SOULSVILLE.

Considering that Knight had to postpone her tour earlier this year to undergo a medical procedure, it’s clear that the multiple Brit nominee came ready to party. Standing centre stage in a glamourous all black outfit, Knight quickly encourages the audience to get up and dance as she belts hits GET UP! and FLAVOUR OF THE OLD SKOOL, as well as tracks from her new album Soulsville which celebrates the music, sounds and legacy of Memphis.

The energy is kept high in the first half with covers like PRIVATE NUMBER and I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN alongside Knight’s biggest hits such as GREATEST DAY, SHOULDA WOULDA COULDA and SOUL SURVIVOR. But its on her original compositions, such as MIDDLE OF LOVE and RED FLAG, where Knight’s phenomenal vocal talent truly shines through.

Chatting to the audience in between numbers, Knight admits that she feared she wouldn’t be able to sing again after her operation but quickly puts an end to any doubts with her spine-tingling performance of GOLD and I WON’T BE LOOKING BACK. Her stunning rendition of George Michael’s ONE MORE TRY also stands out as a highlight.

It isn’t long however before the audience are back on their feet for the high energy encore of HOLD ON I’M COMING, Whitney’s Houston’s I’M EVERY WOMAN and COME AS YOU ARE.

With her bursting personality, stunning vocals and impressive catalogue of songs, Knight certainly hasn’t lost her place as one of Britain’s greatest soul singers. A fine performance from a fine lady.

4 out of 5 stars

Beverley Knight tours nationally until 18 October 2017.