Gig Review by Nic Jones

Tom Odell

Manchester has more than it’s fair share of cool venues, we’re absolutely spoiled for choice. But every once in a while, an opportunity comes along to see live music in a new and completely different location, and this is a chance that can’t be missed. To see a gig at Manchester Town Hall is a very rare treat. To see an artist of Odell’s stature there is really special.

Odell has enjoyed a great start to his career. A BRITs Critics’ Choice Award, a number 1 debut album and his unique and versatile voice and sound have won him legions of fans in the four short years that he has been on the public’s radar and made him an artist whose new music is eagerly anticipated. The opportunity to see such an artist perform an intimate gig is one that Gig Junkies could not pass up. Odell is back with a new album, and in town for a secret show ahead of his tour later in the year.

A small but excited crowd is gathered in the exquisite hall, all knowing how special an experience this could be. Odell does not disappoint. From his first note to his last, his voice is pitch perfect in a venue with acoustics worth savouring.

Throughout the evening Odell plays a mixture of old and new, using the gig to showcase fresh material but to also reward fans with their favourites. There are more than a few highlights. New track ‘Concrete’ sits seamlessly alongside favourites from the first album like ‘Another Love’. It’s during a chilling rendition of ‘Can’t Pretend’ that the combination of venue and music really merge to create the perfect atmosphere. The haunting melody suits the gothic hall so well, that watching Odell and the band perform this song in this space feels like a truly one-off experience.

Odell rounds off the evening with upbeat new song ‘Magnetised’. The camaraderie  between Odell and his band really shines through on this last number, as they smile their way through a song so different to many of the somber tunes Odell is more prominently know for. Their enthusiasm is infectious and soon the small crowd are dancing and clapping, savouring every moment of the happiness in the beat.

It’s clear from this performance that Odell is back with an evolution of his sound; the new ideas he’s incorporated, his fantastic backing band and that phenomenal voice will make his November tour unmissable.

November UK Tour Dates 2016:
Tuesday 1st – Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
Wednesday 2nd – The Limelight, Belfast, UK
Friday 4th – Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK
Saturday 5th – Pavilions, Plymouth, UK
Sunday 6th – Oasis Centre, Swindon, UK
Tuesday 8th – O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
Wednesday 9th, O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK
Thursday 10th, O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
Saturday 12th – Academy 1, Birmingham, UK
Sunday 13th – O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK
Monday 14th – O2 Academy Brixton, London, UK

Tom Odell

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