Having duly processed that assault on the senses, it was on to South William Street’s Dakota bar, one of two ticketed venues in Dublin tonight. Here, expectant faces knew well that major headliners were in store, and even given the murmurs and the conjecture, an almighty roar erupts from the full house as Emeli Sandé’s name is introduced. Witnessing her less than stone’s throw away on Dakota’s makeshift stage, one is struck initially by Sandé’s sense of style and, from the opening salvo of ‘Heaven’, by that incomparable voice. The English/Scottish performer is in amiable mood (having performed earlier over at Paddy Cullen’s), and her brand of poppy neo-soul is embraced emphatically by a rapt audience. Vocal cords get strained throughout ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’, while arms are raised aloft during ‘Read All About It’. Ably supported by full band and backing vocalists, a passionate Emeli Sandé exits the stage to her chart smash ‘Next To Me’, leaving a sense that the show had transcended major-artist-in-a-pub novelty status to become something a bit more special.