Saturday 20 February 2016

WATCH: King Charles performs 'Beating Hearts' at Oval Space (18/2/16)

I saw the magnificent King Charles again on Thursday night, playing the last show of his UK tour at London's Oval Space. After the superb set last Saturday in Southampton (write-up here) I had high expectations and the show was (of course!) just as good - a triumphant hometown return, even if the venue did seem to be trying to blind us with an awful lot of smoke machine action (here's what Ryan O'Reilly's support set looked like.) The show was my 12th time seeing Charles live and 10th gig of the year - and probably my favourite so far! Talking of favourites, the more I listen, the more I fall in love with Charles' record Gamble For A Rose which came out 4 weeks ago today - it's certainly got album of the year potential, so take a listen if you haven't yet!

A definite highlight of the show for me is the start of the encore, with Charles returning to the stage and performing a solo version of Beating Hearts, which I got a video of last night (above). Another, far more loud and energetic highlight of the show, as I mentioned in my write-up of Southampton, is the new guitar shredding interlude of Brightest Lights, which I recorded in its beautiful 5 minute entirety and you can see here - seriously insane experiencing that live. 

Everyone in Charles' band and team are absolute legends and it always overwhelms me how welcoming they are towards me, so it was lovely staying around backstage at the show - even if I lost track of time and had to run for the last tube, and then, once I'd caught it, noticed my hand was somehow covered in blood (no idea?!) Bring on the next run of shows - I imagine they'll be doing a few festivals! 

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