Nina Nesbitt is an artist I haven’t been a fan of for that long. I first heard her songs about two months ago when I was listening to a Spotify made a playlist and came across “Is it Really Me You’re Missing?” Needless to say, it was added straight to my playlist and I listened to her album “The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change” on repeat. The following week I got an email from Spotify saying she was performing at Manchester Academy and I can’t resist a concert, especially when the tickets are only £15.
First onto the stage was the support act, Lauren Aquilina. I had never heard of her before but listening to her made me realise that there are a ridiculous number of talented musicians out there, not just the ones with millions of followers on Instagram. Lauren sang about five or six songs including “King”, which was my personal favourite and her heart-breaking song “How Would You Like It?” Based around the first time she was cheated on; she sang this so softly yet powerfully.
Nina appeared about half an hour later in a silver sequined jacket, singing “Somebody Special” a single from her album. A few songs later, she sat down at the piano and sang an emotional version of “The Moments I’m Missing.” This song is her life story, starting from when she was a child to the day, she got her heart broken for the first time. Then she gave a speech about believing in yourself and how British people have a tendency for self-deprecating (which she is a hundred percent right about.) I love an inspirational quote, but I can’t say the same about the rest of England. The few words she gave led perfectly onto “Empire”. By far the best lyrics in this song are “I’m not ashamed to say, that I wanna be rich someday”, I think we can all relate to that.
Then came what Nina called the sad part of the night, in which she sang her ballads. She started with “Things I Say When You Sleep” and followed it with “Last December.” Apparently, this song was made back in 2014 and wasn’t intended for her new album but fans did what fans do. They harassed her on Twitter until she agreed and added to “The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change.” The moment I listened to “Last December”, the lyric “moments stay when people leave” immediately stood out to me. At the end of this song, Nina shouted “now are we ready to have some fun,” her bandmates had a puzzled look on their faces and told her there was this one more ballad to play. She laughed and continued with “we have one more sad song and then we can have fun!” The song they were talking about was the reason I was here, and that was of course “Is it Really Me You’re Missing?”
The first upbeat song she sang was “Love Letter”, which sonically is different to the rest of the album. It has an R&B feel to it; she then played the full version of “Somebody Special.” My favourite song from the whole album came next, before this Nina said, “this is the part where we pretend this is the last song of the night.” She gave us an explanation of what this song was about, firstly saying that it was about breaking up with somebody and finding their new girlfriend on Instagram only to find that she is from Alderley Edge (a posh part of Manchester) and is studying at Oxford! The touch of adding Alderley Edge made the concert feel more personal to us. This song was obviously “The Best You Had,” after singing then waved and ran off the stage.
About five minutes later, she was back and said, “thanks for having me back Manchester!” Next came the title of the album “The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change.” For this song, she sat at the front of the stage. I can only imagine how crazy the front of the audience was going. As soon as I heard “The Sun Will Come Up” it was added to my motivational song playlist, which if I ever need uplifting is the first thing I listen to. Finally, the last song was “Loyal To Me”, this has always reminded me of “New Rules” by Dua Lipa so clearly I am going to love it.
I know Nina will be topping the charts soon and touring stadiums, I can’t wait for her fame to grow!
The R Word xo