For Grantham singer-songwriter, Holly Humberstone, the city of Leeds holds a special place in her heart. One of several well-received stories, Humberstone, for all her nervousness, is a great storyteller and her tales certainly set the tone for the latest gig on her UK tour.

Already an award-winner, it comes as no surprise to see the O2 Academy packed out as the rising star has touched the hearts of many young music fans in the city. Listening to her stories and her music, it doesn’t take a detective to deduce why. An easy-on-the-ear blend of synth-pop and indie, songs like opener “The Walls Are Way Too Thin” and “Please Don’t Leave Just Yet” have fans singing along with mobile phones illuminating the singer.

As both “London Is Lonely” and “Can You Afford To Lose Me?” come with more stories from the Grantham singer, there is something of a really lovely intimacy about the night with “Haunted House” continuing the story-telling/song pattern. Occasionally the nervousness rears its head, but as Humberstone’s profile rises, so does her confidence, and with one young fan waving a banner around announcing, “I’d die for you, Holly,” you get the feeling that 2023 is going to be a deservedly massive year for this budding artist.

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I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.