Sunday 24 April 2016

LIVE: Adam Barnes at The Gallery Café (23/4/16)

To round off a great week of music (gutted I'm going home from uni soon and won't be able to keep this up...), my fifth gig of the week came last night with Adam Barnes playing Bethnal Green's The Gallery Café. 

Huge thanks to Adam for getting us in to his sold out gig - I'm very glad I travelled to London for it! I think the show was my fifth time seeing Adam (the last being in a primary school for Sofar), and I was as impressed as the first time. The set included a bunch of my favourite tracks of his from his album and the EP his released towards the end of last year, as well as a couple of tracks that were completely new. He has a brilliant skill of turning pop songs that few people would admit to liking (or knowing all the lyrics to) into huge singalong tracks, performed beautifully, which last night came in the form of Britney Spears' Baby One More Time (watch below) and Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

The venue was a great setting for Adam's music, and the evening was set up perfectly by the support set from Joseph & Maia, a duo from New Zealand who, after escaping from a record deal that, by the sound of it, didn't offer them much creative freedom, quit their jobs and have been travelling around playing music since, releasing a record through a crowd funding campaign. They had arrived in London the night before, and were flying back out today, and the passion they had was pretty obvious through their performance and their stories, and I really enjoyed the set, and look forward to hopefully crossing paths with them again in the future. Below is a Mokum Sessions performance of their track I Know, a highlight of their set.

They joined Adam onstage to sing backing vocals for  his track Come Undone, and at another point in the set, Joe Hicks, who is often seen playing guitar with Adam, lent his vocals to Darling, a track taken from the recent EP. For more info on Joseph and Maia (and tour dates) check their site here, and, I think his UK tour is over now, but you can check out Adam's music through Bandcamp here.

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