Bristol Sounds: Self Esteem plus special guests
Canons Marsh Amphitheatre, Bristol
Doors at 15:00
Victoria Park, Warrington
Doors at 12:00
As Self Esteem, Rebecca Taylor has shaken off the shackles of her indie band past to become the unapologetic pop star she always wanted to be. With her 2019 statement debut Compliments Please, Taylor gave voice to the feelings of insecurity and misogyny-induced frustration that many of us face every day, emboldening a whole new audience with powerful, truth-telling lyricism.
Her second album Prioritise Pleasure arrived to universal critical acclaim, crowned both The Guardian and Sunday Times Culture’s Album of the Year, with the empowering ‘I Do This All The Time’ also named The Guardians #1 song of 2021. Praised for its fearless ability to tackle important issues around female autonomy, comparison culture and self love, its intimate, confessional and witty lyricism and anthemic maximalist pop rhythms, the album was a catalyst for an unprecedented year for Taylor.
Prioritise Pleasure received a slew of award nominations including the esteemed Mercury Prize, a BRIT Award for Best New Artist, Sky Arts and NME awards nominations, while also winning BBC Introducing’s 2022 Artist Of The Year award and Attitude Magazine’s 2021 Music Award.
Gathering a passionate and vast legion of fans, Taylor has appeared on The Graham Norton Show, Celebrity Gogglebox, Friday Night Live, performed twice on Jools Holland, graced the covers of magazines from Grazia to NME to Sunday Times Style, and is one of a handful of artists to have been playlisted across BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6 Music simultaneously.
Praised for her cathartic live show, Self Esteem has brought her flawlessly choreographed, high energy performances to fast-growing rooms of adoring fans. Following her 2021 Self Esteem tour and sold out 2022 Prioritise Pleasure tour, summer 2022 saw Taylor play a mammoth 30 festivals, teeing up her biggest run of shows to date: the 2023 I Tour This All The Time tour includes a huge three nights at London’s Eventim Apollo, three nights at Manchester’s Albert Hall, and two nights at her hometown’s O2 Academy Sheffield.
Outside of her work as Self Esteem, Taylor turns her hand to numerous other projects, including acting (Taylor has recently been cast in a Film4 film and Sky sitcom), writing (in 2023 she will make her literary debut), composing (Taylor composed the soundtrack for Prima Facie, the arresting one woman play starring Jodie Comer which sold out a 9 week run in London’s West End, opening on Broadway in Spring 2023) and more.
We select our top tracks and choice deep cuts from our fav sassy alt pop songwriter Self Esteem!
What a performer. Sensational. 3 x costume changes. Amazing support acts.
Posted anonymously on 13/03/2023
Self Esteem, The Marble Factory, Bristol - 12th March 2023
Had an unforgettable night at my favourite venue with my wonderful friends. Atmosphere was electric, Self Esteem were amazing, energetic and magnificent!! The gig lived up to and beyond my expectations, Rebecca & her band are so talented, creative and gave 💯 to their fans. Would recommend everyone go and spend a night enjoytheir music - love love loved it, still smiling 👍😆😁🎊🎊🎊
Posted by Shelley on 02/03/2023
Self Esteem, Albert Hall, Manchester - 1st March 2023