Headlining a one-off intimate show with Scotts Menswear and This Feeling, the BBC introducing artist of the year made his way on stage through the crowd to a rapturous applause in the tightly packed basement venue in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
Tom thanked the crowd for coming and immediately made the announcement that after the success of his first album ‘Lighting Matches’ that reached #5 in the UK album charts, that he has new music on the way very soon and that ‘it shits all over the old stuff’ to the excitement of the fans in the room.
Unfortunately, that’s as good as it got for most, as for in many of the songs in the short set, Tom couldn’t remember the words but to his relief was carried by the volume of the crowd. He joked that this was because of the lengthy lay off from his last performance with was on New Year’s Eve for Kendal Calling. Many in the crowd were laughing and joking and it didn’t seem to ruin their night, but I’m left wondering if this wasn’t a free event if many people, like myself, would have been wanting their money back.
Tom picked it up towards the end of his set saying, ‘let’s change it up and sing a few that I actually know the words to’. He started with a cover of Amy Winehouse and then went straight into probably his most well-known track, which was included in Radio X’s best songs of 2018″, Found What I’ve Been Looking For”. A fan then interrupted Tom thanking him for the show and said, ‘He was now one of his favourite artists, thanks to his daughter’ who was also in the crowd.
Seen to be a warm up for his concert next week, March 27th, at The Royal Albert Hall for charity (The Teenage Cancer Trust) which there are limited seated tickets remaining, and string of festival dates including Tramlines and Live At Leeds. Many would hope that he once again hits the heights seen of him in 2018.