In its previous life The Forum opened in 1934 as one of the last “Super Cinema’s” and flourished for 3 decades, hanging up it’s interval Ice Cream tray in 1969. Subsequent stints as a bingo hall and dancing school followed, but looking around this fantastic building and the unique Art Deco features, you can’t help but feel its true calling has been realised. Hoping to put the venue’s name on the map and reintroduce big name acts back to Bath, the plan kicked off in May of this year when Brian May and Kerry Ellis used the venue as a stop on their Anthems Tour, this is the venue Bath needed and we can not wait to see who’s coming next.
Sam Lewis kicked off the evening, a KT veteran who played guitar on her world tours from 2004 – 2009, after 5 years on the road Sam took a year out to write and record a debut album of his own. One man and one guitar can sometimes be swallowed up on a stage but he fills the space beautifully, the sound is soulful and confident with a mixing of genres that makes for a lovely introduction to the evening.
Bouncing onto the stage, opening with “Glamour Puss”, in the most fabulous silver sequined mermaid-esque leggings KT Tunstall encourages the audience out of their seats, and a polite Bath style stage rush commences. Her natural charm, warm personality and great humour has won KT a loyal following of fans and it is easy to see why when you witness one of her live performances. She makes you feel so welcome and you can clearly see that she is enjoying every moment of her performance.
As KT introduces her latest EP “The Scarlet Tulip” the band vacate the stage and she really comes into her own. Picking her way through “Hidden Heart” it is clear to see her raw talent as she captivates the audience with her hypnotic performance. She is one of the rare artists who is versatile enough to pull of high energy numbers alongside soulful, stripped back acoustic work.
The band re-emerges joined by the hugely talented Charlotte Hatherley, former bass player for Ash. They continue to perform songs from her three studio albums, “Eye to the Telescope”, “Drastic Fantastic” and the 2010 album “Tiger suit” their energy not waning once. KT dedicates “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” to her fans, who she lovingly refers to as her “nutcases”.
As the evening draws to a close, KT finishes on a high, performing “Suddenly I See” to a very grateful audience. You don’t get a musical experience like this every day unfortunately. Let’s hope she returns to the Westcountry soon.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Lynne Locker and Phil Casteng for their kind hospitality. We would also like to thank KT Tunstall and her management for allowing us to write this review.