An evening ofÂ unadulterated joy as we welcome the coming of King George Ezra
A bona fide national treasure in the making, fresh from his success at this yearâs BRITs, it seems like George Ezra
can do no wrong. Last yearâs Staying At Tamaraâs
doubled-down on the sheer likeability and charm of his debut and, more importantly, added some of the finest pop bangers of the last couple of years to an already impressive collection. Tonight, on what feels as much part of a coronation as a tour, King George wowed an audience that was truly all ages with a show that was for the ages.
Support comes from Sigrid
, the Norwegian superstar who will surely be packing these venues out of her own accord very soon. âSucker Punchâ, her debut album, has just been released and it confirms much of the promise of those early singles - and tonight proves to be a dazzling taster. Songs like the title track, âDonât Kill My Vibeâ and âStrangersâ are built for these sizes of rooms, the choruses soaring into the ether.
As an alarm clock sounds and the voice of Greg James heralds the arrival of one of 2019âs biggest stars, George Ezra sprints onto the stage with arms aloft. What follows for the next eighty minutes or so is pure, unadulterated joy that only the best pop music can bring. The hits come thick and fast, from opener âDonât Matter Nowâ onwards. âPretty Shining Peopleâ brings the first huge singalong of the night, while âParadiseâ is like one big cherry candy, so sweet and sugary is the rush that it brings.
There is something for everyone tonight. âHold My Girlâ brings the phone lights out, âSugarcoatâ is a delight with its subtle âGracelandâ vibes while the trombone solo during âAll My Loveâ shines a light onto Georgeâs superb band. Itâs hard at times to tell whoâs having a better time, such are the smiles on and off stage before party time really begins with âBlame It On Meâ. The night finishes on âShotgunâ, of course, the track that is fast becoming an anthem. Tonight, it barely needs the band to be on stage such as the volume from the audience as they take it for themselves. We are now unmistakably living in the age of King George Ezra.
Photo credit: Jamie MacMillan
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