13th February | Thekla
Three years after her critically-acclaimed sophomore album, Twice, Hollie Cook returns to tour her latest record, Vessel of Love, bringing her sweet reggae rhythms to Thekla. The former Slits singer is known for her intimate shows and spellbinding performances. Vessel of Love builds on her dream-like sound and features former collaborator, Prince Fatty. Criminally underrated, Cook was practically born to be a singer, as the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer, Paul Cook and Culture Club backing singer, Jeni Cook. And that’s not even mentioning her godfather Boy George. He’s been known to sing a classic or two, I believe.
But enough about her heritage, let’s talk about the music. Expect cuts from her eponymous debut album, highlights from Twice and of course, recent singles like ‘Survive’ and ‘Angel Fire’, which has been rightfully playlisted on 6 Music. Having played festivals, from the rural Festibelly in Lymington to gracing the Glastonbury bill, she exerts the effortless charm needed to win over even the toughest crowd. Her self-labelled ‘tropical pop’ takes reggae further into the mainstream than it has been for a long time. It’s infectious. Don’t miss the chance to see one of the brightest stars of her genre this Tuesday at Thekla.
Watch the video to ‘Survive’ here: