Gallery: Darla Jade at The Rose and Crown, Biddulph Moor

With a long weekend ahead, and a last minute announcement of Darla Jade playing at my local boozer, what better excuse for a pint and a dance on Good Friday? Be rude not to, right?

The electro-pop vocalist was playing at The Rose and Crown, in Biddulph Moor – a gorgeous Joules Brewery venue, complete with some stunning features, from wooden beams to snugs separated by leaded window dividers. It’s a cosy, homely, country pub, but has fast become the beating heart of the local community following a recent refurbishment and takeover by landlords Nic and Neil.

Live music most weekends means that the pub quickly became packed to see Darla Jade, from Bradeley, perform a series of best-loved covers from a range of artists, including Savage Garden, Kate Bush, ABBA, Anne-Marie and The 1975. The singer has such a gorgeous tone that reinvents anything she performs into something she could quite easily claim as her own, unafraid to push the boundaries and cover unconventional tracks.

Performing from a corner snug, it would be so easy for drinkers to continue their conversations and drain their glasses, enjoying the atmosphere and Good Friday feelings, but there is something about Darla’s presense and vocal ability that demands attention like a siren call. I’m convinced she could sing the phone book and still transfix a room of people.

Although a covers gig, Darla threw in two or three of her original tracks across two 45 minute sets, including Broken Armour and Glitch In The Matrix from her 2022 EP Only The Paranoid Survive – as well as a currently unreleased single which we can expect to be announced later this year.

As well as writing her own material, relentlessly gigging covers content and her own tracks, Darla also write music for other artists, which she showcased with a track called Colours, which she wrote for Crvvcks.

Each of her original songs were as well received as the hits from Jess Glynne or Dua Lipa, proving she more than capable of being up there in the charts alongside them. By the end of the night, the entire room was filled with people singing, dancing and getting their bank holiday weekend off to the best start.

Darla Jade’s next Staffordshire performance will be at Your City Festival during the late May Bank Holiday, with the Rose and Crown teasing a return for the singer in June.

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