20 March 2018 (gig)
21 March 2018
A sold-out show at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire is always guaranteed to be a one to remember and Tom Grennan’s gig was just that. The Bedford born and bred singer-songwriter’s meteoric rise began just 2 years ago, when he released his debut single ‘Something in the Water’. Since that point, Grennan has featured on a Chase & Status track, appeared in Charli XCX’s hit video ‘Boys’ and even soundtracking Sky’s Premier League coverage. With plenty of experience under his belt, Grennan’s London performance proved why he deserved to perform to a sold-out crowd.
As the fans swarm into the venue, the excitement begins to brew, with the increasing crowd pushing to the front, ensuring they’re close enough to the action. With a healthy mixture of ages, the demographic proved that his music is appealing to the masses and no one can argue with the commercial success.
The house lights dimmed and Grennan confidently saunters onto the stage, welcoming his fans to what was going to be an unforgettable night. As he sung through his repertoire of material, his flawless raw vocals stole the show immediately. Each effortless note was hung onto by every member of the crowd, giving Tom the power to control the audience as he pleased and although this was mainly with his music, he also took advantage with a few jokes here and there. Jokingly introducing a non-existent Chase & Status onto the stage, laughing about his dyslexia and the occasional humble comment, triggered beaming smiles and loud cheers from the entire crowd.
Tom exchanged his positivity and passion, in return for ongoing applause and lyrics being screamed back at him. Seems like a fair trade, right? With constant anecdotes and excitable statements such as “we’re on a train all the way to the fucking top and you’re all on it with me”, unified everyone, forcing an electric atmosphere.
Instead of the traditional encore, Tom demanded that the audience chanted for him back and of course his orders were met, as chants for one more song circulated the room. Soon enough the star strutted back onto the stage, grinning from ear to ear.
Possessing amazing stage presence, gritty vocals that are nothing short of flawless and a charming personality, it’s clear to see why Tom Grennan is being tipped off as one to watch this year.