Picture courtsey of James Arnold / Words by Liam Haynes

So far, so bad; Workshop seems pretty grim - a strange, stranded commuter town locked somewhere between Sheffield and Doncaster, relevant to most as just another name on the East Coast Line. But enough of my John Betjamin impersonation, as tonight Worksop's just-opened library plays host to 679's latest and greatest pop hope, Jessica Sparkle Morgan, or good old Spark to you and me.

Opening up to a mostly sub-16 crowd of kids clearly not exactly spoiled by a multitude of shows is female alt-pop goddess The Good Natured. First emerging way back in 2008, she's managed to flip through various levels of hype before finally settling on, well, I'm not sure. Her early material lay cast at the wayside, replaced by something that's actually a bit less distinctive than her earlier stuff. Not that it's not enjoyable, it's just a bit cookie cutter for the current environment - evidenced perhaps by the fact she's supporting and act that only fully emerged from the shadows of the Brit School late last Spring.

Which brings us on to Spark, and a live show noticeably more refined than that which accompanied her previous tours with Diana Vickers and fellow 679 act Marina & The Diamonds. Now, 679 are a pop-focused label, and a brilliant one at that - but the addition of Spark to their not exactly expansive roster leaves them with potentially three acts with overlapping fan-bases. Little Boots, Marina, and now Spark. If they can manage to work those three acts together, then great, but I can't help but feel a little worried of the danger of one or two becoming overshadowed. And trust me, it won't be Marina - she'll let hell freeze over first.

With a refreshed band behind her, Jess bounds on stage, smashing future pop hits like glass in the proverbial greenhouse. Latest (and debut 679 release) 'Crave' makes an appearance, as does the rather delicious 'Blow'. Conspicuous by its absence is the track that garnered her heavy attention over the summer 'Shut Out The Moon', presumably dropped to hone her sound. Ending on a promising unnamed future single (Peter Robinson will go gaga for it), and the relatively short 6 or 7 song set is over. Jess's performance has certainly come on leaps and bounds, dropping some of the more cliché stage antics from a few months earlier, really nailing it. She's got a distance to come still, but this girl shows buckets of promise. The same can't be said of her band though who both look and feel completely opposed to Spark's pop sensibilities. The drummer - seemingly the only remaining member of the band from a few months back - looks the part and is tight as hell, but the ex-Hot Melts guitarist is gone and there's a new fellow on keys too. They're not far from the mark, and maybe they're unfairly in the spotlight in such a small venue, but for tonight at least they distract from Jess more than compliment her.

Boom, and that's that. I've been to a show in a library in a town I never really want to return to and seen two acts who manage to represent very different ends of the female pop bracket. Spark owns the night on commercial appeal and charisma, whereas The Good Natured looks like she'd write you poems in eye liner if you ever dated. Like most acts now, Jess has been managed for quite a few years now before getting signed after an A&R scrum at Lexington, London in the summer. 679 is for the moment at least, a great home for her, and with a great team behind her she should be as polished as a Victorian mantle when her debut LP drops around the close of the summer.