Northern Girl reviews… Skinny Living

On Wednesday me and Tom had managed to secure ourselves tickets to see Skinny Living live at an event – we would eventually discover – put on by Sony music. The gig was held in an intimate, basement venue in town just off Tottenham Court Road and with free drinks and canapes we were set for a dream evening out. The venue honestly couldn’t have been more perfect with sporadic glass tables and candles and the stage protruding into the audience it felt like it was made for such an event and I hope I get to return! 

Free drinks and sliders!

So I’ll swiftly move on to the band. If you haven’t heard of them already then shame on you. If you were at #BSTHydePark when Bieber was there then they may sound familiar (they were a support act after all) but if not they’ve featured more recently on BBC Radio 1 as well as being featured in Spotify’s viral top 50. I’ll hold my hands up and admit apart from hearing “Why” on Spotify and their beautiful acoustic video from their time in Hyde park, I was relatively new to their work but I know a lot of people back home who are huge fans and I trusted their judgement entirely.

So onto the music itself. I was already pretty familiar with why so it was no surprise this was their opener but I was blown away actually seeing it performed live and the lyrics resonate around the room so much more. 

Their next was a funky, acoustic vibe and then we got into fade. The band worked the crowd and got us to sing along. By this point in the gig I hadn’t stopped dancing and I was grinning from ear to ear. I don’t know if it’s the Irish lilt of the lead singer but fade almost reminded me of The Script in their early days. It’s perfect, bounce-along pop with amazing instruments thrown in and my inner indie girl from my teens fell in love with the band. 

The next song was an emotional one and I enjoyed it just as much. Messiah is a truly beautiful song with the most beautiful lyrics and story and the perfect balance to fade.

There is literally nothing not to love about Skinny Loving. You only have to spend 5 minutes listening to the lead singer talk about the band to know how much it truly means to them and yet there’s almost that air of disbelief that all of this is happening to them (they quite clearly deserve every inch of success). They have an insane amount of talent and yet seem like this band is where they are meant to be.

So what’s next from the band?

Well from what I can gather from speaking to the band, they have a string of festivals in the summer, an EP imminent and an album on its way which I quite simply can’t wait for. There wasn’t a single fault I could pick with any of the songs I heard and I have no doubt that their album will become one of those where you literally listen to it from start to finish – no skipping required, the sign of a truly good album. I’ve been to a string of gigs recently but it has been so long since I last saw something where I literally couldn’t stop grinning like a Cheshire cat all the way through. The music is refreshing whilst familiar all at the same time and it is something the charts are so desperate for right now.

You can find the band on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Spotify.

NG x 


  1. Kayleigh Zara · July 21, 2017

    I’ve never heard of this band before or their music so I will have to check it out! The venue looks lovely though x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿

  2. Chloe · July 21, 2017

    I’ve not heard of them before, going to have a listen on my way home from work, I feel like I would quite like them x

  3. Terri Heckley · July 21, 2017

    I’ve not actually heard of this band before so I’m gonna have to check them out!

  4. Michelle · July 21, 2017

    Sounds like you had an amazing evening *slopes off to find them on youtube* I’m
    More of the radio 2 demographic these days haha!

    Michelle x

  5. Lucy Freeman · July 21, 2017

    I’ve never heard of the band but going to YouTube them as soon as I’ve finished this comment. Glad you had a great time xxxxxxx

  6. Debra-Bow · July 22, 2017

    The event sounds absolutely incredible and whilst I’m unfortunately with the other commenters in not knowing this band it’s one I’ll definitely look into after finishing up this comment. I could feel your passion for this whilst reading the post and how much you shared about it, sounds incredible and I’m excited for more!!

  7. abbeylouisarose · July 23, 2017

    I’m really intrigued by the sound of this band – refreshing but familiar sounds right up my street! The venue, the drinks, and the canapes sound fantastic too, what more could you ask for?! It seems like the band are really passionate about what they do and I’m sure this comes through in their performance!

    Abbey 😘

  8. Chloe · July 23, 2017

    This event sounds so cool, especially with the free drink and canapés! I’m so glad you had a lovely time xx

  9. Giana Spiteri · July 24, 2017

    I haven’t heard of these guys but I do like discovering new bands, so might have to give them a listen! x


  10. Freya Meadows · July 25, 2017

    I’ve not heard of this band before but they sound great! I love finding new music so I’ll have to give them a listen!!

  11. Holly · July 26, 2017

    Ooh might have to give this lot a listen! Glad you had a great time!

    Holly x

  12. Lauren · July 30, 2017

    I hadn’t heard of Skinny Living before (shame on me) but I’ve just listened to them on Spotify and omg I’ve fallen in love! Definitely going to have to start following them. Sounds like the most amazing gig, I love how intimate and chilled out it seems. I prefer those sort of gigs to big sold out stadium tours.

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

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