You couldn’t help marvelling at how good Alison Moyet looked. It wasn’t just her dramatically slimmed-down physique, but also the sense of her being truly comfortable in her own skin. Partly, that may have just been a result of an increasingly optimistic outlook. But also it seemed to emanate from Moyet's confidence in her new material. Since its release in May, her new album, The Minutes, has been well received. Could the songbird from Billericay also work that synth-heavy magic, live?
Certainly there were no complaints from the audience. Indeed, at times, it appeared as if Alf could have read the phone book and received an ovation. The capacity crowd – seemingly a mixture of mums, dads, and flamboyant clubbers of all ages - responded to her every move with a fervour that bordered on the fanatical. Yet, if the level of enthusiasm was surprising, it was not altogether unwarranted.
Moyet arrived on stage dressed in a black suit and sporting copper-dyed hair, looking a little like she could be an older cousin of Florence Welch. She then announced in a chirpy, deep Essex voice that we were going to treated to the new album and older material in equal measure. Remarkably, when she then sang the Yazoo number “Nobody’s Diary” and her recent single “When I Was Your Girl” back to back, despite having been written 36 years apart they sounded like they might have come from the same album.