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Nadine Shah empowers the masses in a secret set at End Of The Road Festival

05 September 2015, 20:13 | Written by Jessica Goodman

In a tent under the stars, Nadine Shah put her platform to a potent use at the End Of The Road festival yesterday.

Taking to the stage for a secret set in a homemade T-shirt bearing the statement "REFUGEES WELCOME", Shah has more on her mind than her music. "I don't know how many of you are from London," she states in a pause mid-set. "But there's going to be a demonstration on 12 September. Show solidarity with the refugees to the people who couldn't give a shit." To an almighty cheer she pleads "please come."

In a single spotlight, backed by her band of four, Nadine Shah casts her spell on the crowd. Her dynamic vocals fill the Big Top tent with ease, soaring and gliding with a hypnotic grace. Switching from guitar to synthesizer and back again, her talents effortlessly endless. Between songs, she banters entertainingly with the crowd.

"One day I'll be big time," she chuckles, balancing to plug in her guitar, "and someone will fucking do this for us." From opening number "Living" through to latest album title track "Fast Food", the performance doesn't waver for a second. Ending on "Fool", Nadine launches further into her cause. "It's dedicated to our fucking shitty government!" she cries, before pausing. "Sorry, I'm sounding like Billy Bragg."

Playing her part in a cause close to her heart, Nadine Shah made every second count. Combating complex issues alongside her ethereal sound, today she proves as empowering as she is engaging.

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