Friday 31 March 2017

LIVE: Jack Savoretti at Royal Festival Hall (29/3/17)

On Wednesday evening I caught the last night of Jack Savoretti's current tour, where he and his incredible band played to the impressive and fairly enormous Royal Festival Hall - it was my ninth time seeing Jack live and I honestly don't think I'll ever tire of watching him perform.

The day was a combined post-dissertation treat for myself and Mother's Day present for my mum, and after a bit of shopping, a trip to the Sky Garden and some Mexican food we headed down to the venue early for a meet and greet. Not cheap, but totally worth it for the wonderful memories we created seeing some of the soundcheck, getting some signed stuff and meeting with Jack after for a little chat and a photo (at which point his tour manager exclaimed "I know her!!".... oops, stalker alert!) Jack and his music mean the world to me and there's so much I'd like to tell him and thank him for if I ever get the chance, but for now a hug will have to do! 

Tour support Joseph J. Jones kicked off proceedings.... I don't know much about him but do know that he is a Communion Music artist which is always a great sign! His tracks filled the room really well and his voice was seriously impressive and kind of gravelly in keeping with the rest of the show! Check out his track Stay below...

The room quickly filled up and Jack and his band took to the stage, playing us a bunch of tracks from the latest record Sleep No More, kicking off with the title track and the new single, We Are Bound, and a few tracks later it was a total dream to hear Sweet Hurt again. Towards the middle of the set the band left Jack to play Tight Rope by himself, after which he was joined by Nikolaj Torp on harmonica/keys for the utterly stunning Soldier's Eyes and Breaking The Rules - a sequence which had me in floods of tears.

Picking up the pace the band played tracks such as The Other Side Of Love (another of my favourites), Back Where I Belong, Not Worthy and after roaring applause, the Written In Scars/Knock Knock encore, with Joseph J. Jones returning to sing on Knock Knock to bring the UK tour to a close. I was once again blown away by the emotions that the performance made me feel, and the passion, talent and energy that the guys bring to each show, they're getting better and better every time. After a well earned rest they're heading to a bunch of festivals this summer, starting with Cheltenham Jazz Festival in April before taking in the likes of Isle Of Wight, Pinkpop, Cornbury, and V Festival - all Jack's upcoming tour dates are on his website here

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for excellent review. I was there too. The one word I can think of for Jack as an artist - feeling the emotions around me is this: beloved.