Despite being a proverbial twinkle while pop was reigniting the UK's music charts in the early 1980's, David's Lyre aka solo artist Paul Dixon offers a pretty impressive understanding of that era's prolific electro-indie output and is certainly in possession of a neat ability to produce original music himself.

The lyre, David's or otherwise, was non-existent in this opening slot, though the potential loss of any otherworldly sound was stemmed by a backing band that supported Dixon with swirling synths, tight guitar and dampened percussion work; inverted splashes and a thumping muffled bass drum made for a unique backbeat during the 50 minute set.

The sell-out audience had been pretty indifferent up to this point, even too talkative in places, until the 21 year old singer launched in to a brilliantly haunting 60s swing intro of 'n Arms' which in turn gave way to an up-tempo mix of strings and looping melody at times drawing Jamie Cullum at his best (which, for the purposes of this review is most definitely a compliment).

Dixon seems comfortable with his voice, and rightly so. Here is an artist clearly on the ascendant, he laid down a Radio 1 session earlier this month and has covered Everything Everything and Marina and the Diamonds tracks, picking up admirers along the way. It won't be long before major labels express their interest in the form of an album deal for the Londoner.

Final track 'Tear Them Down', taken from impending EP In Arms, released on 21 February via Hideout Recordings, showcased Dixon's vocals perfectly; tender in places but with a capability to soar over the track, which boasts a killer chorus and production credits by Major Tom [Plan B, Yuck].

In much the same vein, Chapel Club impressed and exceeded expectations. It is easy to see the potential in the much hyped five-piece, not least how the charisma, magnetism and stage presence of frontman Lewis Bowman helps to lead the band. Hit by a couple of technical hitches early on, his crowd banter more than made up for lost time - and then there is his voice. Set against the wall of sound that is bassist Liam Arklie, drummer Rich Mitchell and guitarists Michael Hibbert and Alex Parry, Bowman's sonorous and hypnotic vocals were way bigger than the room could handle - it's clear that his is a voice destined to ring out from the stage at arenas and stadiums in the not too distant future.

Whilst listening to the darker tracks from debut album Palace like 'White Knight Position' and 'Paper Thin', shades of Morrissey and Ian Curtis do creep in. In this case it's no bad thing, unlike bands like Delphic who wear such influences boldly and proudly on their sleeves and are defined by their musical ancestry, there is a sense that Chapel Club are doing their own thing, and if other elements creep in...well, that's just fine because they are here, now, rocking the shit out of a sweaty Birmingham boozer and that's all that matters.

Naturally the biggest cheers of the night were for the 6 Music friendly tracks of 'Surfacing' and 'All The Eastern Girls', which left a sweltering audience wanting more from a band who, this time next year, will no doubt be playing to a few thousand people every night.