Review: Nina Nesbitt, Electric Circus

Nina Nesbitt shows a talent for songwriting that belies her years
Nina Nesbitt shows a talent for songwriting that belies her years
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Nina Nesbitt is becoming quite the phenomenon these days.

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Nina Nesbitt is becoming quite the phenomenon these days.

The Capital singer-songwriter has been in such searingly hot demand in the past few months that she admits herself that it almost feels like she’s waking up from a brilliant dream.

In that time she’s opened for both Ed Sheeran and Example on tour, signed a deal with the mighty BMG Chrysalis music, and seen her latest EP climb into the iTunes chart Top 10.

Not bad for someone who was writing and performing songs in her bedroom this time last year.

As expected, a healthy-sized crowd turned out at Electric Circus on Saturday to see what all the fuss is surrounding the 17-year-old former Balerno High School pupil.

The first thing that struck when she belted out opening number Noserings And Shoestrings was just how pitch-perfect her sumptuous voice is.

But the half Scottish, half Swedish singer, who has been compared to fellow Brits Ellie Goulding and Laura Marling, also has a songwriting talent that belies her years.

Her stage demeanour was relaxed and chatty, and you got the impression the singer knew a fair few of those in attendance.

Her fans, “Nessies” and “Nesbians”, as they like to call themselves, sung along word perfect from start to finish without fail.

Highlights were Only Love, Hold You and the gorgeous, piano-led Make Me Fall.

With her debut album still in the making, Nesbitt bulked-up her 45-minute set with arresting covers of Rihanna’s Love The Way You Lie and Example’s Stay Awake, which was fitting considering she’s joining the singer/rapper on his UK arena tour this week.

Before departing the stage at the end to rapturous applause, Nesbitt closed with the title track and lead single from her The Apple Tree EP, an irresistible song with a catchy pop melody.

On this evidence, superstardom beckons for the prodigiously-talented youngster.