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Outstanding concert sets up 10-day treat for festival-goers
The annual Lichfield Festival got off to the best possible start with a superb performance by multi BRIT and Grammy award winner KT Tunstall. The Scottish singer-songwriter and musician was in outstanding form after being chosen to headline this year's music, drama and comedy festival, which runs from Friday 5th July to Saturday 13th July. KT Tunstall, who opened the 10-day festival with a two-hour concert at historic Lichfield Cathedral on Friday the 5th, performed familiar hits alongside some newer material. Backed by a bass guitarist and drummer, KT told the packed audience that it was an "honour" to open the Lichfield Festival in such a "fabulous" and "incredible" building as the cathedral.
KT Tunstall in fine form as she opens the Lichfield Festival. Credit Redlock Photography
She opened the concert with "Took Me So Long", and then followed with "Little Red Thread", which KT explained was from her new album about the body - part of a trilogy she is working on regarding the spirit, body and mind. Her first major hit of the evening, "Other Side Of The World", drew an even bigger response from her fans, before she delivered another new song in the form of "Poison In Your Cup". KT, who demonstrated her own guitar skills throughout, then flew solo on "Feel It All", before the trio were reunited for the earthy rock sound of "Dark Side Of Me". The concert continued to delight with further offerings including a tribute to the sadly departed David Bowie, before closing the first half with fans' favourite "Black Horse & The Cherry Tree", which included a tribute to the blues in the guise of "Black Betty" in the middle, with KT treating us to a bit of lively harmonica playing.
The concert was performed in the splendid setting of Lichfield Cathedral. Credit Redlock Photography
After the interval, it was more of the same high standard from KT and her musicians, ranging from older favourites such as "Miniature Disasters" and "Saving My Face" to newer creations including "Backlash & Vinegar" and "The River". Inevitably there was still time for her worldwide hit "Suddenly I See", which followed her rendition of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down". All in all, a great way to start the Lichfield Festival with the promise of lots more great things to see and do over the coming days.
Rating: 5 out of 5
KT and her band stormed through a two-hour set. Credit Redlock Photography