Nat Kelly takes us back to those Friday nights under the lights.

Are you, like us, dreaming of those famous Friday nights, circa 2019? Longing for an ice cold pint of Mahou with your mates or a cocktail or ten with absolute strangers at the bar. All accompanied by the perfect soundtrack of classic banger after banger that you just can’t help but sing a long to. Well, this weeks ‘Library Session’ has taken us right back to that special place.

In a week where we heard the plan for our ‘roadmap’ back to normality, it only felt right to bring you the library sessions of our good friend who for many years has lit up Liverpool’s live music scene. If you know the Arts Bar, you’ll know Nat well. Her unique style, her high energy and her wonderful spin on classic tunes is the perfect way for us to kick our weekends off with a bang.

Her set, complete with covers of ‘Juicy’ by the Notorious B.I.G, ‘When the party’s over’ by Billie Eilish, ‘Thank U, next’ by Ariana Grande and finally ‘Sweet Melody’ by Little Mix, really does have something for everyone.

We caught up with Nat and asked her a couple of questions. Check out what she had to say here;

Who would you say are your musical influences? 

“Growing up I was heavily influenced by Avril Lavigne I loved listening to her music, I remember being about 4 or 5 and seeing one of her music videos for the first time – I was completely blown away, she was totally different to how I had imagined her in my mind. I remember thinking that she wasn’t so different from me and that I could be just like her one day if I just learned guitar and convinced my mum to let me have pink streaks in my hair lol. As I’ve gotten older I’ve always been drawn to powerful female artists like Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Little Mix and recently I’ve gotten really into Doja Cat, shes really cool and up and coming in the industry!”

How have you kept creative during the lockdown period?

“Keeping creative during lockdown has been challenging and helpful at the same time, as much as I have all the time in the world to focus on my music and writing, which is something that I never had before, even though that’s a positive, it’s so hard to remain inspired because the things that usually inspire you whether that be your friends, nature or something other than your own living room, they’ve all been restricted. Not to mention the fact that I am a full time musician and through this whole pandemic I’ve not been able to work other than the short times that we were permitted to by the government. Its really hard financially but even more so mentally – I think just finding joy or happiness in anything that i can no matter how big or small is key to remaining my creative self during a time like this. Also learning how to channel that creative energy into something productive was a struggle but once you find your ways that work for you, you’re golden.”

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