Jessie Ware - Radio 1 Hackney Weekend review

'One of the most promising performances of the day'

Jessie Ware - Radio 1 Hackney Weekend review

Photographer: John Paul BrownChris Swindells on 23 June 2012

If you're queuing, despairing for all the tedious layers of security around the Hackney Weekend you could have missed one of the most promising performances of the day.

Under the unassuming structure of the In New Music We Trust tent, Jessie Ware embodies every value this Radio One new artist platform preaches. With two months until her debut album lands, the singer has galvanised good support from both fans and the critics.

Her recent single '110%' has bridged the gulf between dance and indie cool, justifiably attracting the attention of radio playlisters.

Free from the shackles of her SBTRKT guest slots Jessie Ware is an impressive solo entity in her own right. In a sleek backless black dress she seems noticeably overwhelmed by the size of the crowd for the 1pm opening slot, with so many more still stuck in the queue.

'Wildest Moments' is dedicated to a friend in the audience and the single has a subtle pop charm, both epic and warmly familiar. On stage the synth pad becomes an extension of her voice, which she flexes to the fullest.

Inviting Disclosure on stage for the finale, the duo dial in the beats for their rapturous remix version of 'Running'. If this set is a short but sweet taste of the direction Jessie Ware is running to we had all better be looking over our shoulders for the next long distance contender.


Click here for our full Radio 1 Hackney Weekend coverage.

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