Studio 2 seems to be the place for live music. Paying tribute to its origins by basing its décor off that of a recording studio, it also has pictures of artists like The Smiths lining the walls, celebrating its rich history. It’s here that Laurel chose to have her first Liverpool headline show.

Opening things was Liverpool-based, Mary Miller. Dressed in white socks, pinstripe trousers and an Adidas jumper, you’d be forgiven for mistaking her for the lead singer of an indie-pop band. Instead, Miller is a one woman show; using a mic, guitar, sampler and apple mac. And it couldn’t work any better.

It was a shame that there were so few people there to watch Miller. She opened with ‘Property’ and instantly filled the room with her ambient loops and fuzzy guitar riffs. After wishing the audience a Happy Pancake Day, Miller moved onto her second song of the night, ‘Angling’. It was during this song that she really came into her own, adding more expression to her vocals. ‘Felt’ was certainly a crowd favourite and its interesting beat was met with nodding heads in the audience.

You can catch Miller in HUS on 11th March, where she will be hosting her Rongorongo event.

Next up was Ian Janco, playing to a slightly more packed out venue. Janco and his band provided folk inspired songs, delivering them with a pop twist.

Janco made sure to ask the audience how they were feeling, to which they truthfully responded; drunk. There was plenty of crowd interaction and Janco even decided to improvise a song, composed of words randomly shouted out by the audience. This led him to create a song containing the words daddy, moon and pancake (seeing as it was Shrove Tuesday). The last song Janco performed was his latest single, ‘Life’. This has already been supported by the likes of Radio 2 and it was easy to see why, as the ukulele gave a nice vibe to the song.

Ian Janco gave out an infectious cheerfulness. The only negative thing about the performance was that, at times, the vocals seemed a little too shouted and strained.

The lights dimmed at around half 9 and Laurel finally entered the stage under a purple spotlight. Dressed in a blue beret, frilly white blouse, blue pleated mini skirt and white socks, Laurel gave off a very artsy vibe.

Laurel’s performance consisted of just her and her guitar, adding an atmospheric vibe to her set. She opened with ‘Too Far’ and instantly filled the room with her amazing, breathy vocals. Her performance of ‘Hurricane’, a song about “the type of lovers who always come back together, but probably shouldn’t,” was captivating.

Laurel commented on the quietness of the audience, saying it was peaceful. And it was. It was a chilled out gig, a place to relax and think about what was being sung. The audience were stunned into silence by Laurel’s music, music that demonstrates a maturity way beyond her years.

Her dreamy performance seemed to hypnotise the crowd. She has an indie-pop sound with such powerful emotion that bares slight resemblance to folk and is reminiscent of the likes of Laura Marling. Her performance was faultless and it’s hard to believe that not more people turned up for this evening of talent.

Words: Scarlett India O’Toole