REVIEW: SAM BAILEY (Orchard Theatre) ★★★★

Sam Bailey

2013 X Factor winner Sam Bailey released her second album Sing My Heart Out in September 2016 and is half way through an extensive UK tour, promoting the album and performing live to her fans.

I went along to check out the show on Sam’s first of two nights in her home town of Dartford where many of her friends and family were there to show their support.

Support act Phebe Edwards gave a powerhouse performance. She has an incredible voice and if you’ve ever wondered what Whitney Houston would have sounded like singing Cher’s Believe then check out Phebe as she did just that! Second support act Nikki Loy gave a more introspective performance with a collection of songs she has written in her campervan where she lives.

Sam Bailey gave an outstanding performance, mixing powerhouse vocals with hilarious stories. Sam is a great storyteller. She is so down to earth and gives the audience all the backstage gossip from her time on X Factor. Her vocals are nothing short of phenominal and there appears to be no note that she is unable to sing with total ease. Her voice is best suited to the more rocky tracks like her fantastic self penned song Sun Above The Clouds and Don Henley cover of Dirty Laundry. Sam plays guitar and drums and it is clear to see that she has grown up with music around her and is totally at home on stage. Other stand out performances were Emile Sande’s Clown and And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going from Dreamgirls.

At two hours long, the show does go on a bit longer than I would have liked but the silver haired fans in the audience lapped it up and hung on to every word she said. The concert is very well planned out and structured and Sam’s stage presence is a million times more slick than when she performed her West End musical theatre concert back in 2015.

Sam Bailey is a brilliant singer, performer and banterer which I don’t think can be truly appreciated until you see her live. So go check her out!

Reviewed by West End Wilma


Catch Sam Bailey at the following venues …

Saturday 1st April 2017 – Orchard Theatre, Dartford – BOOK NOW!
Tuesday 4th April 2017 – His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen – BOOK NOW!
Wednesday 5th April 2017 – Caird Hall, Dundee – BOOK NOW!
Thursday 6th April 2017 – Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow – BOOK NOW!
Friday 7th April – Alhambra, Dunfermline – BOOK NOW!
Thursday 27th April 2017 – Octagon, Yeovil – BOOK NOW!
Friday 28th April 2017 – Beck Theatre, Hayes – BOOK NOW!
Saturday 29th April 2017 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge – BOOK NOW!
Thursday 4th May 2017 – Princes, Aldershot – BOOK NOW!
Friday 5th May 2017 – Pavilion, Weymouth – BOOK NOW!
Saturday 6th May 2017 – Princess Theatre, Torquay – BOOK NOW!
Friday 12th May 2017 – Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn – BOOK NOW!
Saturday 13th May 2017 – Embassy Theatre, Skegness – BOOK NOW!
Sunday 14th May 2017 – Marina Theatre, Lowestoft – BOOK NOW!
Wednesday 17th May 2017 – Hippodrome, Bristol – BOOK NOW!
Thursday 18th May 2017 – St David’s Hall, Cardiff – BOOK NOW!
Saturday 20th May 2017 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend – BOOK NOW!