Thursday 23 February 2017

LIVE: Jack Savoretti at Hoxton Hall for War Child (21/2/17)

If you know anything about me, you'll know I'm a pretty big fan of Jack Savoretti, so I was chuffed to win some tickets in the prize draw to his intimate show for War Child earlier this week. The last time I saw him playing at his last (and biggest) London headline show to date was to a five-thousand strong crowd at Hammersmith Apollo (read my post about it here), so the couple of hundred capacity Hoxton Hall made quite a change!
Texting during a gig?! Ah... Jack and Nikolaj are texting SAFE to 70444 to donate £3 to War Child (you should too!)
With the semester speeding by and my time at university drawing to a close, I'm starting to think about where my career after I graduate might take me. It's still pretty crazy to be able to say that I work in live music with Tigmus and special shows like last night (and most of Jack's gigs, to be honest) totally affirm my love of live music. If I ever end up working in management, touring with bands or anything like that, if I get to work with musicians who are half as talented and as hard-working as Jack then I'll be incredibly lucky.

Back to Tuesday... opening up the night, the supremely talented Gizmo Varillas took to the stage with just his guitar, a contrast to his full band set opening up for Jack at his Somerset House show in Summer. What he lacked in a backing band he made up for in charm and some pretty amusing chatter in between tracks, including the really exciting story that I've been seeing online over the last week or so (Wales Online), that Yoko Ono had given him permission to sample John Lennon's voice on No War, a track from his recently released debut record, El Dorado - check out the music video below!

The crowd suitably warmed up, a couple of people from War Child spoke a little about the charity (find out about the work they do here) before welcoming Jack and his keys player, Nikolaj Torp, to the stage. A couple of tracks into the set Jack warned us "we've never done this before.... well we do this every night as some of you might know, for many years, but we've never played any of these songs just me and the incredible Nikolaj Torp", encouraging us to talk amongst ourselves if they needed to figure out what key to play in. The night was full of lots of interaction with the crowd, and there was a really great atmosphere, a sense that we were all there to support this wonderful charity.

The pair played a beautiful set predominantly filled with tracks from the latest record, Sleep No More, including the singles When We Were Lovers, I'm Yours and Only You, which I filmed and you can watch below! Mixed in with those were a few of my favourite tracks... The Other Side Of Love, Sweet Hurt and Breaking The Rules (I was chuffed to bits to hear this version after seeing this video of a stunning performance on the recent German tour - seriously, if you're new to Jack's music, the vocals on this video are insane). It was a really great mixture of old and new tracks, and they finished up with the wonderful mash-up of Written In Scars and Knock Knock (video of that from Hammersmith here).

Despite it taking me three hours to get back to my flat after the show, it was a total blessing to be part of such a special evening, and even better that I got to share the evening with my mum who is also a big fan of Jack's - it seems all of our get togethers whilst I'm at uni over the last year have been to see Jack live, and neither of us are complaining. The next show is London's Royal Festival Hall (where I saw Poetry Live with school, so I'm intrigued to see a gig there)... it's sold out, as are a lot of dates on the tour, but all the info and remaining tickets are here!

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