With Tears for Fears having to pull out at the last minute due to injury, Alison Moyet stepped in to the rescue to take the headline slot at Lytham festival on Sunday 10th July.
Alison Moyet grew up in Basildon, Essex. Leaving school at 16, she began a music foundation course at the Southend College of Technology but quit on being asked to re-sit her Theory class, even after passing her exam with Distinction – punk never being the thing to please the establishment. After a stint working in a music shop, she studied musical instrument technology at the London College of Furniture and sang pub gigs in her local area with unsigned bands. Moyet formed the Vandals with school friends Kim Forey and Sue Paget, hijacked guitarist Robert Allen (Marlowe) and anyone they could pick up on the night to play drums. The Vandals were reviewed by Trouser Press, the first paper outside of punk fanzines to name them.
When the band fell apart, Moyet joined the Vicars around the Southend College years and got involved in the Canvey Island scene. Ultimately, not being keen on the material, she left taking drummer and new best mate Micky Ogden, and guitar player Andy Stevens to form the blues band The Screaming Abdabs. The band co-existed with shop work and London College of Furniture. Moyet’s involvement in the Abdabs came to an abrupt end when the bass player and guitarist ousted her for a bloke that played harmonica. She went on to sing backing vocals for a few months for the band, The Little Roosters. Moyet quit the band after being told that the lead singer was heard asking Sounds magazine’s Charles Shar Murray not to name check her in his review of a Canning Town Bridge House gig. A couple of weeks later, after putting in an ad in Melody Maker, a bloke named Vince called.
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Also playing at Lytham was Natalie Imbruglia who supported Alison Moyet
Natalie Imbruglia will be marking the 25th anniversary of her landmark album ‘Left Of The Middle’ with a series of special live shows in October 2022.
Australian singer-songwriter and actress Natalie Imbruglia first made waves in the music industry with her breakthrough debut album Left Of The Middle in 1997. Most notably, the song ‘Torn’ became an immediate international hit in November 1997 and went on to break records in her home country of Australia and in the UK.
Since then, Imbruglia has gone on to release five subsequent albums: White Lilies Island (2001), Counting Down The Days (2005), Come To Life (2009), Male (2015) and most recently, Firebird (2021). Natalie has accumulated sales of over ten million albums and one billion streams, ten UK Top 40 singles, five UK Top 10 singles, three UK Top 10 albums, and a UK No.1 album.
Elsewhere, Imbruglia also appeared as a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor, guested on the UK version of the same show, and even performed in number of films.
Natalie’s latest musical release, Firebird, was written alongside a cast of esteemed songwriters including Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes, Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, KT Tunstall, Eg White (Adele, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith), Luke Fitton (Little Mix, Girls Aloud), Fiona Bevan (One Direction, Ed Sheeran), Rachel Furner (Little Mix, Jason Derulo, Craig David) and more.
Touching on themes of independence, vulnerability, the juxtaposition of strength and fragility, the album received warm reviews and marked a newfound sense of confidence for the singer/songwriter.