Holly Humberstone review – Brit winner makes a big room feel intimate

O2 Academy, Bristol
The rising star’s sleek melodies transition from solo loops to full band with a set that details her coming of age

Holly Humberstone.
Surfing the ripples … Holly Humberstone. Photograph: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

As the crowd takes up the chorus of Falling Asleep at the Wheel, reverently singing its words unaccompanied, Holly Humberstone forms a heart with her hands and permits herself the briefest of smiles.

This set has been an hour-long trust fall for the 22-year-old, Lincolnshire-raised singer-songwriter, who is being accompanied on her first tour of venues this size by a newly minted band and a helping of industry hype.

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