Hold Back The River – James Bay at O2 Academy Brixton

Selling out the famous O2 Academy Brixton three nights in a row might seem hard to achieve to some people, however if you had an over the top successful year like James Bay, this is just easy-peasy.

After winning several awards and smashing the charts with his debut album ‘The Chaos And The Calm’, James Bay came to London town to grace his fans with his presence.

Playing the O2 Academy Brixton is a really cool thing to do, no matter where you are on the career ladder. It’s such an iconic venue that never fails to make sure fans and artist have a great time.

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Same applied for the James Bay gig on 1st October 2015, the sloped concert hall was packed, only giving you the minimum personal space required to not faint.

On the second night of his hat-trick in Brixton, James took to stage at 9pm opening the concert with the beautiful ‘Collide’.

Instantly the crowd went crazy for the hat wearing singer songwriter, dancing and singing ensued.

As the sound of James Bay is quite versatile he attracts all sorts of people, everyone from the young eager fans up to the middle-aged couple having a little dance to ‘If You Ever Wanna Be In Love’.

This particular song caused all the loved-up couples to get even closer and for some reason taking selfies. Whatever makes you happy.

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Another highlight of the night was the performance of ‘Let It Go’, the crowd surprised James Bay by singing the chorus entirely on their own. And what can I say, that crowd is the best sounding crowd I have ever heard at a gig. Voices on point, sounding absolutely stunning just like a massive well-rehearsed choir.

Gladly James was thinking the same, thanking the crowd for their efforts.

The set continued with relaxed and chilled out vibes throughout, seeing James Bay rocking the stage with his guitar and having the crowd sing along to the likes of ‘Scars’ and ‘Move Together’.

Next up was the up-tempo number ‘Best Fake Smile’, personally one of my favourites. This is just a feel-good, happy tune that makes you want to put on your dancing shoes.

The encore saw James Bay perform ‘Incomplete’ and a very impressive cover of Alicia Keys ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ which clearly wowed the audience.

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To finish on a high, James Bay wrapped up his lovely set with the one single that kicked it all off for him, ‘Hold Back The River’.

James performed an extended version, and hearing every single person in the room sing along threw me right back to January, when I saw James Bay live for the very first time at the ‘BBC Future Festival 2015’.

It is quite impressive what can happen in a years’ time if you play your cards right and without doubt James deserves all the success and attention as his voice is just perfect!

x,

Mels Jukebox

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