James Bay at the Clapham Grand
Performing two gigs in one night to aid social distancing is a tall order. James Bay more than meets the challenge with an energising and crowd-pleasing set at the Clapham Grand. The evening feels like a celebration for what’s been a very long-awaited return to live music
The star opens with Pink Lemonade from his 2018 sophomore effort Electric Light, blending the old with the new and providing an eclectic set that’s appealing to both long-time fans and those new to his music. He exhibits excellent vocals and effortlessly merges his husky tones with an impressive falsetto. Combined with a very personable demeanour, Bay captivates the house from the off. Confident and comfortable interacting with the audience, the singer exudes a natural charm that allows the auditorium to soon feel like a room full of friends. A born performer, Bay’s excitement to be back on stage is infectious.
Inviting his spectators to sing the chorus of Us, he radiates an optimistic sense of joy that normal life is finally resuming. Covers of The Eagles’ Hotel California and Yesterday by The Beatles are also very well received and showcase the fact that this artist has a deep appreciation and understanding of his craft. Craving electrifies the house, and new song Everybody Needs Someone enthrals. If You Ever Want to Be in Love and Peer Pressure are also standouts.
Hold Back the River (the song that afforded Bay his fame) closes the show, and elicits an excellent response from music lovers who simply appreciate the craftsmanship and artistry of a singer evidently on the cusp of even greater success. It’s more than apparent that an exciting future is in store for this young star.
Photos: Nick Bennett
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