Live Review: KT Tunstall at The Forum, Bath

Editor September 11, 2011 4
Live Review: KT Tunstall at The Forum, Bath

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.

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  1. witchypoo September 12, 2011 at 8:40 am - Reply

    You forgot to mention the leggings! very subtely pulled up! Also they are nutjobs…

    • Hannah September 12, 2011 at 9:00 am - Reply

      We weren’t sure if KT would want us to review that bit. We hope you enjoyed the night as much as we did.

  2. Incensed September 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    ” …… a polite Bath style stage rush commences …….” ?

    Can we remind the people of Bath that “Dancing in the Aisles” requires two conditions. One, dancing and ,two, in the aisles.

    Entirely blocking the view of the seated front rows by standing immediately in front of them is selfish rude and arrogant in the extreme.

    Very few of the assembled stagefront group were barely moving let alone dancing and what made it most sinister, many were overweight balding middle aged men stood with arms folded,enjoying the view, if apparently not the music. Hardly the reception KT deserved.

    The “steward” was one of the major culprits being the tallest and hence the most effective obstacle to a clear view.

    Fortunately KTs musical brilliance and boundless energy outshone the circumstances and even though we spent much of the evening facing a row of sagging backsides we wouldn’t dare ask for our money back.

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