A sold-out Rock City is never a disappointment, and this was no exception. This whole night was spectacular from start to finish, top Job Mr Ezra.
Lily Moore has been supporting George (this is how I’m going to refer to him from now on – get used to it) on this tour, and she is bloody brilliant. Lily is such a little presence on stage but as soon as she starts singing people shut up and listen. She has one of the most phenomenal voices I’ve ever heard, and I can’t get over it. Lily is bound to do amazing things over the next year or so, and I’m excited to see what else she has to come.
Oh George, oh George, oh George. I would like to make it clear now that I had such a fab time that this is bound to end up sounding dead cringe – but we are going with it. He put on a show and a half and played a mix of his older and newer songs. I was hoping to hear “Did You Hear the Rain?” but I won’t hold it against him because I had such a good time. George has a voice that’s so yummy. It’s deep, sweet and just even more lovely live than you could imagine from listening to his recorded work.
Seeing these songs live made me realise that I do really enjoy and love his work. There wasn’t a song that I felt indifferent to or one I felt let down by. I gotta say hearing “Barcelona” felt special. It’s probably my favourite song of his, it’s a love song that isn’t over the top. It’s sweet, and tender and just, blimey it’s lovely. From the new album, “Savior” was a clear highlight for me, it just stands out because it feels so different for him in the best way possible.
The whole show was done beautifully, it was clear that so much thought went into it. The lighting, his band and just everything worked together. It was honestly one of the most cohesive shows I’ve seen in a long time. Talking of his band, they were insanely good and were the cherry on top of the night for me. He took time between every song and gave it context and explanation, which I just loved so so much, whether it was explaining that “Budapest” actually has nothing to do with the city at all, or about realising that no one has a clue what they’re doing in their day to day lives and we’re all just muddling through, which is what he sings about in “Pretty Shining People”. He’s quite content to have a laugh at himself on stage and it’s completely charming, talking about his concepts for the three music videos for songs on “Staying at Tamara’s” that were released before the album – wearing the worst suit possible and getting progressively drunker. It’s also worth noting that his lil dance moves were so cute and just added to the whole experience.
George gave such a joy-filled night, and I am so grateful. It’s clear that he’s talented, his songs are thoughtful, sweet and emotional. It’s more than that though, he’s got an overwhelmingly positive energy, which makes him come across as such a kind, lovely person (kind of like if Winnie the Pooh and Paddington bear had a child). I get this vibe that he’s always nice to waiting staff and he loves a peppermint tea and a fig roll. On stage, he seems so at ease and like he just belongs there. I like to believe that he’s having as good of a time as the people watching him are. That’s another thing, the guy appeals to bloody everyone, the crowd was so diverse, it is just an ode to how hard he works and how much he deserves it.
After releasing an album as positive as “Staying At Tamara’s”, it was obviously going to be a lovely night, but he knocked it out of the park. I had an amazing time, and I’m sure he’s going to have a fantastic year, this record is so set up for festivals this summer too. He’s bound to just go from strength to strength, and I would completely recommend anyone taking up the chance to go and see him. Thank you, George.