Live Review: Griff / Siights / Lola Young – Academy, Dublin 29.03.2022

Carl McGrath

On the 29th of March Griff brought her UK and Ireland tour to the Academy Dublin.

The first of 2 supports on the night came from Irish-Scottish band Siights. Their 5 song set comprised of 4 of their own songs and a cover of Harry Styles ‘Watermelon Sugar’. The set was a great start to the
night with their upbeat pop style putting the crowd in flying form for the night ahead

Next up was Lola Young, her slower style and great voice certainly captivated the crowd. Her great
storytelling in between was also great at keeping the crowd entertained. Her songs were certainly
sadder than that of previous support Siights but complemented Griff really well.

This was Griff’s last show of tour and she was really grateful that people held onto tickets and sung
along with her. The show started with a strong first 3 songs namely, ‘Heart of Gold’ , ‘Walk and ‘Forgive
Myself’. These songs gave a great energetic start to the show in which Griff showed a tremendous stage

The show then slowed down a bit when Griff took a seat at the keys to perform ‘ Earl Grey Tea’ ,which
she explained was written in the depths of lockdown a couple of years ago. ‘One Foot in Front of The
Other’ had the crowd screaming back and clapping on the beat while Griff provided an excellent vocal
performance. Griff then took to the keys again to perform ‘ Good Stuff’, a touching song about her
experience with her family fostering children and how humans tend to pick out the good things from

The set picked up once again with her latest single that features Sigrid ‘Head on Fire’ where she once
again controlled the stage and had the crowd screaming back the lyrics. Sister songs ‘One Night’ and
‘Dreams’ were next which detail how you tend to overthink things at night.

The set finished strong with ‘Hide and Seek’, ‘Shades of Yellow’ and of course ‘Black Hole’ to which the
crowd screamed back every word.

Overall this was a fantastic performance from Griff and her band, with tight playing and a fantastic vocal
performance from Griff throughout which allowed her to showcase her tremendous songwriting. This
show was brilliant from start to finish and a fitting way to end a tour. Be sure to catch her whenever you
can as I am sure she will be playing bigger venues very soon!

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