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Review: Alison Moyet, 4th November, The Regent, Ipswich

06 November, 2017 - 08:36
Alison Moyet performed at Ipswich Regent. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Alison Moyet performed at Ipswich Regent. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Growing up in the 80s, of course meant growing up with the electronic delights and silky smooth vocals of Yazoo and Alison Moyet, so this little audience member couldn’t have been more excited for the treat that was about to unfold. And what a treat it was!

Supporting was the engaging singer song-writer Hannah Peel, who played several tracks from her moving concept album; Awake but Always Dreaming.

Her haunting vocals and pleasantly obscure instrumentation kept us entertained for the entire duration of her 30-minute set.

Another 30 minutes later and we were there. The lights dimmed and we settled back in our seats as the mesmerising monologue from the track ‘April 10th’ pierced the darkness.

The lady herself then entered with a second track from the tour-titled album ‘Other’, accompanied by a dazzling display of laser and strobe lighting; a constant theme throughout the show.

The evening was no doubt a showcase for her latest studio album, but there was plenty to keep old school fans happy.

Yazoo’s 1982 hit Only You was the first track to get people to their feet. Other retro favourites featured throughout the evening, including All Cried Out, Love Resurrection, Nobodies Diary, Whispering Your Name and the very final track, Don’t Go.

Songs like The English U; a loving dedication to her mother who passed away from Alzheimer’s two years ago; The Man in the Wings, and The Rarest Birds highlighted the wonderful sultry tone of her voice, which remains undiminished by time.

At times exuberant, at times moving, this celebration of one of Britain’s most iconic artist’s 35-year-long career was one of the best concerts I have attended, certainly at the Regent.

My only slight disappointment is that Ipswich audiences remain, in my opinion, some of the most reserved in the country - come on people throw caution to the wind and get boogieing. You know you want to!

Three people are due to appear in court on Monday after an elderly woman had her handbag stolen in Felixstowe town centre on Saturday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to a two-vehicle crash at a busy junction in Ipswich on Sunday night.

Widespread snow has been forecast for Suffolk and Essex next week, starting on Monday morning. Find out here if your local school in Suffolk or Essex has been forced to close fully or partially on Monday.

A man arrested after reportedly being armed with a gun and allegedly holding a young woman against her will at a house in Ipswich this morning has been released under investigation, pending further enquiries, police have said.

Police searching for missing Kesgrave man Paul Moore, who has not been seen for almost three weeks, have made an arrest.

I promised to write more about the café/restaurant on the corner of Fore Street and Neptune Lane cutting down to the Quayside. You will probably recall it as the Neptune Café but it has traded under a variety of names.

With temperatures due to plunge and three days of snow warnings, calls are being made for neighbours to look out for the more vulnerable people in their communities.

Meet Ally – a devoted guide dog who is being forced to retire early after she was attacked six times in Suffolk.

A man has been bailed after a jogger was allegedly attacked in an area of woodland near Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich.

Emergency services were called to the Orwell Bridge area on Sunday afternoon after two motorists reported seeing a man leaning over the bridge parapet.

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