James Bay at The Roundhouse

It’s been a while since I’ve managed to write you all a music review. I guess over festival season nobody really tours; AW14 however is going off when it comes to live music at Maxwell Towers. It’s only the September and I’m already on my fifth gig of the season! (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Gigs, Winter right?)

On Monday I was lucky enough to be offered tickets to see Jessie J live at the Roundhouse with the iTunes Festival thanks to the brilliant people at GET IN at The Roundhouse – a fantastic free service that offers really cheap gig tickets, artist support and much more for 16-25s.

Jessie J isn’t my usual cup of tea, but I must admit she was pretty incredible. She’s not however who I’m here to ramble on about – the artist in question is James Bay.

If you’re into ‘new music’ this lovely chap will likely have been on your radar for some time. Firstly, he has supported artists such as Tom Odell, Kodaline even The Rolling Stones at their 2013 Hyde Park shows. BBC Introducing have been supporting him in a  big way over the last 12 months and to top it all of he’s also part of the Burberry Acoustic family. All that for someone you might never have heard of!

James is unquestionably a truly talented singer-song writer, but what was most incredible about his performance on Monday night was his ability to engage with an audience who weren’t really fit for purpose. The gaggle of teenage boys and girls in crop tops and flower crowns weren’t really who I see as his natural audience, yet his performance had such gravitas and total awesome control, the crowd were gripped. His new single ‘Let it go’ was as spine tingling-ly brilliant as I’d hoped, and ‘When we were on fire’ (a favourite of mine) was an absolute hit with the crowd.

Exquisite tone combined with a raw, gravelly expression, James held everybody captivated from start to finish. Make sure you have a listen after reading this and, if you like what you hear he’s touring the UK at the end of November so make so you go show your support for such a marvellous artist.

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