Tuesday 12 April 2016

LIVE: Jack Garratt at O2 Academy Oxford (11/4/16)

Yesterday I was feeling sorry for myself having not bought a ticket to see Jack Garratt at O2 Academy Oxford as the show was sold out and I've been really loving his debut record Phase, and enjoyed his support set when I saw Mumford & Sons back in November. In a sudden turn of events, I noticed Jack was offering a pair of tickets on Twitter, and all you needed to do was tweet him your favourite Looney Tunes gif. So I found a gif, tweeted, and half an hour later Jack replied saying I'd won the tickets. It was a superb evening, Jack is a multi-instrumentalist and an absolute machine (who, much to his surprise, didn't die half way through the set considering how warm it was in the venue), and he is so deserving of all the awards he received last year (BBC Introducing Artist of the Year, Brits' Critics' Choice, BBC Sound of 2016). I hadn't listened to him much before I saw him in November, but loved this song on the night and it is one of my favourite tracks on the record.

I was surprised, considering how much love was in the room for him, and that the show had been sold out for a while, that only me and a couple of other people stuck around to try and meet him. He took a while to come out but was really friendly when he did and I was glad to get the opportunity to thank him for the free tickets in person. He's certainly set for huge things, so the chance to see him in a venue of this size won't come around for much longer, as well as the chance to meet him after shows!

I definitely recommend getting along to one of his shows if you can, the current tour is almost over and the remaining dates are sold out, but he's touring again in November (dates/tickets here) as well a bunch of festivals including Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, T In The Park, Lovebox and his first festival headline slot at Barn On The Farm

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