Gig review and photography by Jeremy Carron

Maverick Sabre

Tonight sees Maverick Sabre conclude his latest tour to a sold out crowd, at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.  Having released his debut album over two years ago, it has been a while since Maverick has performed in London. Taking two years out to experience life before writing his second album, the fans have had to wait quite a while before seeing the ‘Let Me Go’ singer return once more. Following a successful festival season however, Maverick is back and ready to show London he’s worth the wait!

Maverick Sabre

Maverick Sabre was born in Hackney, London, but raised in County Wexford, Ireland. He has been one of the few artists to successfully blend contrasting musical genres, including soul, folk, hip hop and R&B to name a few. This unique combination of characteristics is what makes Maverick such an amazing act to see live.

Maverick Sabre

Tonight’s venue, the Shepherd’s Bush Empire is rich in history, being used as a gig venue for over 100 years, with a capacity of only 2,000; the fans were able to get a lot closer to Maverick than what they would have hoped for. Seeing the excited fans eagerly waiting at the front of the barriers, it was clear to see they were all well aware of this and knew they were in for one special night!

Jacob Banks

The night started off with support from Jacob Banks. Jacob is an upcoming British singer from Birmingham. Notorious for becoming the first unsigned act to ever appear on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge and having supported Emeli Sande on her UK tour last year, there’s no doubting his talent. With an incredibly soulful voice and the gift of being able to pour his heart and soul into his vocals, Jacob was unsurprisingly well received by the crowd.

Jacob Banks

Once Jacob’s set had ended, the fans knew they didn’t have long to wait until Maverick took to the stage! In the moments preceding this, there was some surprise amongst those at the front of the barriers, when they witnessed a flask and mug being bought out on stage ready for Maverick! Clearly the vocal performances take their toll.

Jacob Banks

Soon after it was finally time for the main event! Maverick walked out to the cheers of the fans and delivered with a rousing performance of ‘These Days’. Vocally, Maverick sounded on form and moved back and forth across the stage with the intensity and soulfulness of his voice, filling the entire Shepherd’s Bush Empire! His charisma was plain to see when he could effortlessly get the crowd bouncing along with him at times.

Maverick Sabre

Seeing the fans’ reactions throughout the set, it was clear to see, they were definitely not disappointed with the show Maverick was putting on for them. The two year gap between records was certainly worth the wait, however I think it would be safe to say the fans would prefer a much shorter wait next time!

Maverick Sabre

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