13.09.2020 By Natalie Greener – Images by Will Gorman
We have missed live music in our new lock down lifestyle. Virgin Money’s Unity Arena hit headlines when they launched a project that has shaped the music industry as we know it. The first socially distanced arena hosted a run of amazing acts but Becky Hill was the one to watch!
Been referred to as “pop’s biggest unknown star”, I thought I was unaware of the artist and her work going into the gig. I can now disclose that the female powerhouse of a musician is responsible for a lot of radio hits since her time on the Voice back in 2012. With her recent releases in 2019 getting a lot of radio time, the 26 year old performed banger after banger. However, Becky proved that she wasn’t just touring for old times sake. The sold out arena had the luxury of throwbacks mixed with her new 2020 party anthems; my favourite being her partnering with Sigala for the track, Heaven On My Mind.
The most authentic part of the entire show was definitely how genuine Becky Hill as a performer came across whilst on stage. Considering the sold out status of the arena, she not only held her own but in fact excelled at maintaining the attention and interest of the crowd. SSD and Virgin Money truly excelled in the fact that your designated platform didn’t diminish that feeling you get from before COVID gigs.
As a female in the music industry, it is truly difficult when another female’s talent isn’t recognised. After realising the endless talent of Becky Hill, the empowerment she gave to young girls in the audience that night was inspiring. Often overshadowed by bigger artists and DJs, the singer/songwriter isn’t shouted out enough for being the mastermind to catchy lyrics and club anthems. Making a point of the fact that every song performed was written by herself, the girl power moment was certainly one to experience bin person.
It makes me beam that Newcastle is the home to the main innovations in changing how we watch live music. Becky Hill was the perfect artist to have headline as I see her in a similar way to the Utility Arena – innovative and leading the way in her work but on a humble level. It is amazing that in trying times the industry could come together with artists and, under a lot of pressure and the country watching, keep live music going – safely and corona free.