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20th April 2023

Live review: Lyra at Canvas: “Wonder Woman on Steroid”

Lyra’s concert in Canvas was a reminder of the power of live music to bring people together and to create unforgettable moments
Live review: Lyra at Canvas: “Wonder Woman on Steroid”
Credit: Lyra

Lyra is an exceptional artist who has taken the Irish and international music scene by storm in recent years. Her mesmerising vocal prowess, coupled with a distinct visual flair, has captivated audiences everywhere. The past year has been a particularly exciting period for Lyra, with the success of her back-to-back hit singles, “Lose My Mind” and a collaboration with DJ John Gibbons on Stevie Nicks’ ‘Edge Of Seventeen,’ which have both been received with widespread acclaim. Additionally, Lyra has also teamed up with other artists, such as the Irish musician Dermot Kennedy, DJ duo Gorgon City, and Bill Whelan, to produce popular tracks that showcase her Irish heritage.

Her rise to stardom was not without its challenges. Born and raised in County Cork, Lyra struggled with anxiety and self-doubt throughout her formative years. Her love for music, however, provided a much-needed outlet for her emotions. She began writing songs at the age of 12 and started performing at local venues shortly after. It wasn’t until she moved to London to pursue her music career that she truly found her voice and began to flourish as an artist.

Lyra’s unique sound is a blend of various genres, including pop, rock, and electronic music. Her musical influences range from Kate Bush to Lana Del Rey to Lorde. Her ability to infuse her songs with raw emotion and vulnerability has earned her comparisons to Florence Welch and Adele. Despite these comparisons, Lyra’s sound is distinctly her own, and her authenticity is what sets her apart from other artists.

One of the reasons why her music resonates with so many people is because of its relatable themes. Her songs explore universal experiences, such as love, heartbreak, and self-discovery, through a personal lens. Lyra’s lyrics are poetic and thought-provoking, and they encourage listeners to confront their own feelings and emotions. Her music is a testament to the transformative power of art and the human spirit.

Lyra’s success has not gone unnoticed by the music industry. In 2019, she was signed to Polydor Records, one of the biggest record labels in the world. Since then, she has released several singles, including ‘Falling’ and ‘New Day‘, which have garnered millions of streams on Spotify and other streaming platforms.

Lyra’s impact on the music scene extends beyond her music. She has been a vocal advocate for mental health and has used her platform to raise awareness about the importance of self-care. In a recent interview with The Independent, Lyra talked about how her struggles with anxiety have informed her music and her approach to life. She emphasised the need for people to be kind to themselves and to seek help when they need it.

Lyra’s Manchester concert on 19 April was a testament to her talent and her dedication to her craft. It was a reminder of the power of live music to bring people together and to create unforgettable moments. Originally planned for Gorilla, the last-minute change of venue to Canvas did nothing to dampen the atmosphere. Lyra’s contagious energy had everyone in the audience on their feet, dancing and singing along to every song. Despite the unintentionally intimate setting with less than 100 people, Lyra gave a performance worthy of the biggest stage: her vocals were flawless, and her command of the stage was awe-inspiring. She left no stone unturned, performing with the same intensity and passion as if it were the Super Bowl halftime.

Other than her bigger-than-life performance, what really set this concert apart was Lyra’s exceptional comedic timing. Her hilarious anecdotes kept the audience in stitches between songs, making the concert feel like a fun-filled stand-up comedy show with musical numbers. If you have the chance to see Lyra live, don’t miss out, she is a true talent, with a personality that lights up any room. By breaking the fourth wall, Lyra became very much a part of the audience, high-fiving and cheering them on.Catch her next show, and be prepared for a night of music, laughter, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Lyra’s solid foundation in songwriting, studio production, and live performance has enabled her to cultivate a confident and unrestrained approach to her craft. Her latest single, ’29 Box,’ is a poignant and introspective track that delves into the pressures of social media on young people striving to succeed in a harsh world. Her electrifying performances have thrilled audiences at several festivals, including Electric Picnic, Indiependence, Pride, Connect, and Lollapalooza. She is set to embark on a tour across Ireland and the UK in the coming months, and it is clear that her star will continue to rise, and that her music will continue to inspire and connect people from all walks of life.

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