HANNAH ROBERTS REVIEWS ALICE DALE: LIVE AT THE CAGE.

Alice Dale performed at the Cage, Reigate on Friday September 27th to play a two hour set of pop medleys and ’80’s classics on her acoustic guitar. The singer, who is a regular performer in Reigate and Nottingham opened her set with a mashup of Skinny Love by Bon Iver and Dancing on My Own by Robyn. You’d usually hear Bon Iver sung in falsetto but Dale’s interpretation was more vibrant thanks to her unique, raspy voice. The set started at 9pm on the outside patio and in spite of the chilly autumn air, people started gathering to hear the sound that was occupying the space.

Dale transitioned through songs in a way that was effortless and fun. Her tone suits the 00’s classics that she played such as LDN by Lil Allen, Paper Planes by M.I.A and Foundations by Kate Nash. The singer also managed to drop in more recent hits by Drake and Ed Sheeran and made the songs her own with the use of her feisty guitar strumming.

The night was an opportunity for people to come together and enjoy some stripped back acoustic music. We even saw a taste of Dale’s own song writing abilities in her new original song; ‘Nicest Thing’, a tribute to her boyfriend that was delivered in her usual warm and upbeat tone. There were songs for everyone as Dale interwove pop medleys with early ’80’s classics such as ‘Super Trooper’ by ABBA, ‘Message in a Bottle by The Police ‘and ‘In the Air Tonight’ by Genesis.

By 11pm the Reigate drinkers were captivated and singing along pints in hand. A mark of a good performer.

Alice Dale is next playing The Cage on Saturday 26th October, so head down to Reigate for a night of drinking where you can sit outside and warm yourself by the heaters whilst appreciating a memorable medley of celebrated songs. If you can’t make the date don’t worry! The Cage has live music every Friday and Saturday.

By Hannah Roberts.

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