LIVESTREAM REVIEW: Cortney Dixon @ Gosforth Civic Theatre (29.01.21) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Image: Cortney Dixon & Rob Irish by Rhiannon Banks Photography

You have to empathise with any artist who’d started to blossom just as Covid hit; partly because it must have been a true impact to their sense of identity, and partly because there’s a real chance that the enforced locked down knocked them off course and stalled their momentum.

Imagine if the Pistols had been told to down tools for 12 months in ‘77, or the Kings of Leon had been forced off the road for the year in between Youth & Young Manhood and Aha Shake Heartbreak, or Oasis hadn’t been able to tour Definitely Maybe… There’s countless examples of musical acts who’s legacy hinges on a 6-12 month period where everything kicks into place bringing an exponential surge in talent, and it is worrying to think of how many great, or at least good, acts we’ll lose because of Covid grinding excitement out of them. 

Billed by BBC Introducing as one of their Top Ten Tips for 2020, it would have been easy for Cortney Dixon to pack it all in, or lose her excitement, given the palaver of the past 12 months; yet on tonight’s form there’s small chance of that.

Coming out swinging for the first Gosforth Civic Theatre livestream gig of 2021, Dixon delivers a wonderful set, accompanied by musician and producer Rob Irish, as she moves through songs from her back catalogue and recent Won’t Feel Like This Forever EP.

Delicate in places (as evidenced on Nothing Ever Changes and Telly) and full on pop-tastic in others (the show stealing Bang Bang Honey Honey) Dixon’s set showcases her expansive style, haunting vocals, and ability to craft lovely pop moments with shining melodies. 

A natural performer, Dixon steals the stripped-down show, aided by strong production, audio and a high quality two camera set-up. Dixon appeared from hibernation looking and sounding relaxed, confident and on fine form.

Find out about future free-to-access livestream shows on the venue’s website

Watch Cortney’s set here:


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