Anna Pancaldi – The Victoria, Dalston – 22/03/17

Heading into Dalston for live music usually means a night of top knots, falafel wraps, expensive pints and a chin-stroker crowd nodding along sullenly to the next big thing in beachwave. Whatever that is. Wednesday night though, we had something a little different from London songwriter Anna Pancaldi.

A seriously dedicated live performer, Anna headlined The Victoria as part of an extensive touring schedule that’s taken her all over the country since February. All this while rather successfully releasing her most accomplished work to date on the ‘Sweet Charity’ EP. The tracks have received some notable love from Radio 2 and 6 Music as well as making Spotify’s ‘Fresh Finds’ playlist in the U.K. For an independent artist, that’s really not to be sniffed at.

All the live practice has resulted in Anna being a seriously accomplished performer. The first thing that the packed out crowd picks up on, is the unhinged charm Anna brings to the stage. She has an enviable ability to be instantly relatable to every member of the crowd, and having mum flogging merch was a nice touch. Moving on to the performance, it managed to sound like a big production while being totally intimate. Anna drafted in a full band for the London show that included a string section, making the whole performance that little bit more emotive. If I wasn’t so manly, there might have been a tear in my eye.

Hat’s off to Anna Pancaldi. It’s a real testament to what you can achieve if you’ve got a bit about you and you’re willing to put in some graft. Oh and some amazing songs. That helps.