Having released her latest single Vampire Smile only last month and with her debut studio LP on the way, Dot to Dot 2012 presented Kyla La Grange with the perfect opportunity to showcase her future album material to a lively, excitable crowd.
Even before Kyla graced the stage, Bristol’s so-called best independent music venue was already packed to the rafters. Nonetheless by 7pm, Kyla, as stunning as ever, elegantly arrived on stage, kicking off her thirty minute set with fan favourite Been Better.
Her set, sandwiched in between performances from Danish folk outfit The Rumour Said Fire and Beth Jeans Houghton, explored the vast talent of a 24-year-old singer/songwriter destined for the very top.
Having felt her way through the opening ten-or-so minutes Kyla turned her set up a notch, treating the flocking masses to renditions of Heavy Stone and her latest offering Vampire Smile. Sparsely dotted around the venue were a number of fans keen to make their voices heard, and, despite many never having previously heard of this budding star-to-be before, they made every effort to follow in the footsteps of the hardcore La Grange followers.
That was, perhaps, to her surprise. “There’s so many people here!” she said nervously, her pearly white smile evidence that she too was enjoying her time in the spotlight. Time restrictions meant that Kyla was limited to just a half an hour set, although she did manage to cram in one last song, Lambs, at the very end – a number that presented heaps of energy and rocky guitars aplenty, earning Kyla and her band a standing ovation as they departed; a fitting finale one would say.
For those in attendance, Kyla’s performance went down as one of the best that this year’s Bristol Dot to Dot leg had to offer. For those that missed it, it was a rued chance to see one of the nation’s brightest prospects in all her glory.
You can listen to Kyla’s recent single Vampire Smile below: