K.Flay and Charley Marley also played as part of the new Community Festival
Alexandra Pollard
14:33 5th November 2015

The inaugural Community Festival continued last night in the form of Gigwise's night at XOYO - which saw Charley Marley, K.Flay, Tiggs Da Author and the inimitable Petite Meller take to the stage.

"Crazy, energetic, spontaneous, unconventional, witty... Er, yeah!" That's how Tiggs Da Author summed up his live performance style to Gigwise ahead of the show - and he wasn't wrong.

Perhaps the most glaring omission from his self-analysis, though, was "infectiously cheerful." Tiggs spent most of his set, which was part of the newly launched Shoreditch festival, with a huge, beaming grin painted across his face as he performed his soulful, jazz-inflected pop.

"Forget about your problems, you ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfriends for the next four minutes," he told the crowd as he wrapped up his set (far too soon - it's a mixed blessing to host an evening with such a packed schedule of impressive acts) sweating, dancing, and - yes- still beaming.

Next, Kristine Flaherty - AKA K.Flay - gave a pitch-perfect showcase of her alternative hip hop debut album Life As A Dog. Flaherty's rasping, accented vocals as she bounced around the stage - she even abandoned her beloved outback hat towards the end, so dedicated was she to the ever escalating headbanging.

Closing the night in a backlit haze was Petite Meller, who spent the entire set in semi darkness - rendering her a sillhuoetted mass of hair, spiralling about the stage and grabbing the hands of the adoring fans in the front row. One fan in fact, early on in the set, weaved their way over to the lighting desk to ask if the lights could be made a little brighter. But Petite Meller does nothing by accident.

The darkness merely served to hone the crowds' senses onto the music - off-kilter pop with steel drums, recorder solos and Meller's infectious, PC music-esque vocals. There are big things to come from Petite Meller in 2016, and we're delighted to have caught her right on the cusp of this.


Photo: Robert Brazier