Mr Hudson
Despite his throat being “technically f****ed” as he put it, Mr Hudson’s performance in Derby on Friday the 13th was a confident and relaxed one. It was a thing of wonder witnessing one guy flirt with so many women in one go. I say women… The average age of the girls packed along the barrier couldn’t have been more than 17.
Mr Hudson
I really didn’t know what to expect from the Brummie born Mr Hudson… but I was truly impressed; his performance was energetic, fun, and vibrant. The set, according to his tour photographer was pretty short by his normal standards because Mr Hudson had been feeling ill the whole day. But he hid it well, and his vocals were surprisingly powerful.
Mr Hudson
Working his way through such songs as ‘White Lies’ and ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ from his new album ‘Straight no Chaser’ inter-weaved with such classics as ‘Too Late Too Late’ from ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, every fan in the packed room knew every word to every song, Mr Hudson barely had to sing a note, frequently turning to mic to the crowd.
Mr Hudson
When you see him live it’s easy to understand why he’s compared to Sting, although I couldn’t pinpoint what it is that makes them similar? Recently The Times gave the charismatic Mr Hudson a measly 1 star for his performance… I’m guessing that it’s Hudson’s guy-next-door charm and highbrow-pop mash-up that make him hard to place and possibly for some (not me!) hard to like. Whatever you think of Kanye’s new protégée he’s anything but bland. His collection of songs has a really unusual mix of pop, SKA, reggae and R&B, a mixture that has surely been influence by his Birmingham roots?
Mr Hudson
It’s fair to say that “Supernova” had put him on Derby’s radar. After Mr Hudson left the stage the whole venue erupted with a chant for the track. One of the loudest and consistent demands I’ve heard at a gig for ages. Obviously when he closed the gig with their request the crowd went suitably mad.

Words by Cherry Barrett
Photography by Bianca Barrett

One Response to “Mr Hudson @ The Royal, Derby UK – 13 November 2009”

  1. eleanor Says:

    he was amazing! i was at the front (im 18 btw so technicaly a woman :)) if that gig was short then a long one must be incredible because i thought it was amazing, best gig of my life, he felt like shit and still gave it his all, amazing singer, guitarists and a gentlemen. not many people go into the crowd and he did, i didnt think he would but he did, very down to earth, i love him!

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