Jamie T @ O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK – 20 January 2010

Posted by Zak Edwards on Wednesday Jan 20, 2010 Under Indie, Punk, Singer/Songwriter, Ska

Jamie T
It had been a bad day. Work had been crappy, a tile had fell off a roof and landed on my car and the wheel had fallen off my wheel barrow. To top it off I’d double booked the gig with Villa semi final meaning that I’d lost thirty quid in the process. As I say, it had been a bad day. I needed a tonic. Up step Mr T – not of A team fame (as far as I’m aware he’s no musical prowess) but his namesake Jamie the cheeky, chirpy West Londoner and his musical sidekicks “the Pacemakers”.
Jamie T
Sporting a double denim combo, the 23 year old made his way on to the stage carrying a can of Red Stripe. Sheila would not be happy!

“You up for a bit of a bounce around?” he asks with a knowing smirk… The response from the largely young and thus energetic crowd was predictable and the roar of approval palpable as the band moved from the moody intro and kicked in to “The Man’s Machine”.
Jamie T
A number of things very quickly become apparent at a Jamie T gig. Firstly, he’s got a loyal, passionate urban youth following, all of whom seem to know every word to every song. rust me that’s a lot of lyrics. Led by their onstage conductor, they sing along with gay abandon, and shout, whoop and holler at all of the key points. LLOOOONNNDDDOOOONNN!!
Jamie T
Secondly everyone – including Jamie, himself like a box of frogs and the little less animated Pacemakers – as well as the majority of the crowd are all there for a party. Crowd surfing, chanting and beer chucking aplenty ensues.

All of the favourites quickly follow, from “Sheila” through to the ingeniously entitled “Chaka Deamus” and the awesome “If you Got the Money” much to the delight of the buoyant crowd.
Jamie T
People who aren’t familiar with Jamie T will think that he’s only good for Youthful anti-establishment rants. Not so. He shows a tender musical side with acoustic gems expertly performed like “Spiders Web” and “Emily”. Simply splendid.
Jamie T
Then, as soon as you can blink he’s gone. On stage for a disappointing 50 minutes he’s off, for what can only be described as bizarrely timed Encore Break. 5 Minutes later he’s back on the stage for 3 bonus tracks culminating in “Sticks and Stones”. Bouncing a plenty from the crowd.
Jamie T
That was the lot for Jamie and the Pacemakers. A high energy gig, thoroughly enjoyed by the gig junkies, the majority of whom will be back to see him when he’s next in town.

Words by Zak Edwards
Photography by Bianca Barrett

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