21st Century Kid

As I first mentioned a couple of months ago, on Thursday evening we went to see Jamie Cullum playing at the NIA.

Now i’m not a psycho-crazy-oh-my-god-Jamie-I-want-to-have-your-babies fan (unlike the women that were sitting behind me), but on the whole I have to admit the concert was really good. He started off with his cover of Pharrell Williams’ “Frontin” before going on through a good selection of his repertoire (Old Devil Moon, I Could Have Danced All Night, 21st Century Kid, London Skies, Mind Trick, What A Difference A Day Makes, High & Dry, etc.)… all the while jumping around and putting an amazing amount of energy in to everything he did. All of this was accompanied by some very cool video-mixing, project on to three large screens aligned along the back of the age. The video was a combination of the music video for the song being played overlayed with live feeds from a couple of mini-cams being carried around the stage by crew members. All that, in conjunction with some good lighting and colour, provided an added bonus to JC’s brilliant singing.

Jamie was also very good at involving the audience in the whole thing. Instead of just having a one-way conversation and talking at us, he involved everyone and listened to the various quips and replies shouted back from the audience. Towards the very end of the concert he and his bassist, Geoff Gascoyne, even came down to the back of the floor level in the NIA to sing a couple of songs IN the audience!

So all in all it was a very good night! If you ever get the chance to see this guy in concert I’d highly recommend it!

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