Gig Review and Photography by Mark Loraine

Paolo Nutini

From Glastonbury to Bridlington – part of the Paolo Nutini tour? No! Just the twice I have seen Mr Nutini over the years and the distinct difference in the places is very certainly reflected in the changes in Paolo’s music and live performance.

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The last time I saw Paolo Nutini was at his Glastonbury show in 2009, just after the fabulous Sunny Side Up was released. On that hot, sunny afternoon in Pilton it was a very laid back vibe, the band and Paolo seemed to be kicking back, crates of Peroni open on the stage and the Paisley born eyes wide shut singer delivered an impeccable set which wowed the Glasto crowd.

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So, on five years, and how would he be on a windswept and rainy night on the East coast of Yorkshire, would it be as laid back? Would it involve Peroni? And would he open his eyes? Only time will tell, but first let’s get out of the rain and away from the huge waves that threaten to engulf this fabulous venue – yes it is THAT close to the North Sea…

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Paolo Nutini is, without doubt, one of the most eclectic performers to emerge over the last ten years, with a repertoire that includes Ska, folk style roots and a hefty dose of rock n roll, he has delivered on so many levels and to so many different groups of people. With his new album, which he is touring tonight, he has reached a real high in terms of his musical output and both critics and fans alike agree that “Caustic Love” is nothing short of a masterpiece in the listening and tonight I, for one (although I suspect I wasn’t alone) wanted to hear why.

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From the moment Paolo took the stage, following a fairly low key set from support, Haight Ashbury, the whole of this frankly regal (and sold out) venue was bouncing. From a beginning that featured the last single “Scream (Funk My Life Up)”, through his next offering “Let Me Down Easy” and beyond, this Scottish powerhouse and his frankly fabulous funk – cum – soul band delivered a pretty much flawless set.

No-one will ever say that Paolo Nutini is a chatty man, indeed his conversations with the crowd, where understandable (this is not a Scottish slight, I was way back where at this point), were frankly and thankfully pretty brief. This man truly lets the music speak and speak in volumes it does.

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As the set progresses it becomes apparent that Paolo Nutini is a performer that is forever looking forward and one who does not rest on past glories. Indeed, even his past favourites such as “New Shoes”, “Candy” and “Pencil Full of Lead” take on new forms for this tour and although I was a little disappointed at the re-working of the latter, I soon got over it because the new version is so much the equal of its ancestor. The new material from “Caustic Love” is of course more than equal to the challenge he has set himself with past material. One stand out track for me on the album is “Numpty” and you can pretty much frame anything around that as he does tonight. The new, heavier soul output is fabulous, pounding and incessant and both Paolo and his band put in the work to deliver a magnificent 2 hour set.

By the time the band have been through pretty much all of the current album, peppered along the way with other past favourites, the crowd is really, really up for it in a big way and Paolo does his utmost to make sure this vibe continues and right to the very end the performance is delivering both charisma and charm in equal measure. The end, when it comes, is a really great two part encore that delivers finally and perfectly with a fabulous solo rendition of “Last Request”.

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So does the Bridlington version of Paolo Nutini match the sun-soaked Glastonbury version of five years ago? Well yes of course it does, this man goes from strength to strength and continues to be the eminent force he has always been. The only disappointment with tonight as far as I was concerned was that, unlike five years ago, I wasn’t going on to see Bruce Springsteen later in the evening! Fault for that however I cannot lay at Paolo Nutini’s door!

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The new album “Caustic Love” is available now and the new single “Let Me Down Easy” is released on the 16th June, both on Atlantic Records. Paolo can be seen live at various venues around the world for the rest of this year.

One Response to “Paolo Nutini at The Spa, Bridlington, UK – 28th May 2014”

  1. Chris Rogers Says:

    fantastic review and same as the gig . Wonderful artist at work when top of the tree . New album came across just like the cd and older stuff good . My highlights were iron sky and pencil full of lead.

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