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Review: An Evening with Caro Emerald at Newcastle City Hall

Dutch songstress Caro Emerald had her audience in Newcastle dancing in the aisles as Sophie Biddle reports

Singing sensation Caro Emerald
Singing sensation Caro Emerald

Judging by the audience that filed in wearing vintage-inspired outfits, this was to be an evening full of colour, style and glamour.

The new mother – and the night’s main attraction – didn’t disappoint, walking slinkily on stage adorned with a striking red beret and an equally bold knee-length dress.

Miss Emerald chose to open the eighth show of her rescheduled UK tour by applying her sultry vocals to the song I Belong to You.

The 33-year-old Dutch beauty, who last year performed at Sage Gateshead, declared: “This is a welcome to change to all the arenas we have been to recently.”

After entertaining us with the seductive Tangled Up, she added that it was “intimate” and “beautiful”.

The set, lasting an hour and 45 minutes, effortlessly swung between summery and upbeat tunes such as Riviera Life, Coming Back as A Man – dedicated “especially to the ladies” – and the wonderfully sassy Pack Up The Louie.

When the graceful songstress finished The Lipstick on His Collar, she left the stage open for her talented and ever-so-groomed eight-man band while she changed into a black and white number, though keeping on her red heels.

The bouncy Dr Wanna Do was one of the favourites of the night. As I looked up to the balcony a couple were happily spinning each other around. Others quickly followed suit.

Liquid Lunch provided another opportunity for the audience to take to the aisles and join in the 1920s jazz-pop party.

At the end of the concert, Caro Emerald joined the delighted audience in a sing-a-long to Back It Up.

She finished off with a first song she sang at the age of 11, Dream a Little Dream.

It was, she told us, the one which made her realise she had a talent for singing.

by Sophie Biddle


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