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Music review: Gabriella Cilmi - She may be sweet, but she also shows

“My boots keep getting stuck on the gum on the floor,” Gabriella Cilmi observes. The dirty surface belongs to Mayfair’s version of a bohemian dive, all shadowy corners and murals of topless, brazen rock chicks. Though Cilmi had one of the hits of the summer of 2008 with “Sweet About Me”, and her naturally throaty voice drew comparisons to Amy Winehouse, success since has been patchy at best. This low-key gig in advance of her third album, The Sting, has the feeling of starting again.

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One to watch: Anne-Marie, singer, 22

She was in the West End’s Whistle Down The Wind aged 12 with Jessie J – now she is joining her in the pop arena. The Essex girl, who lives in East London, was spotted by Elton John’s management company and is  developing her sound. “My music is pop, but it’s fresh. Fresh pop,” she says.