hmv.com reviews... James Bay @ London's KOKO
He's already got the Brits Critics' Choice Award in the bag, but can James Bay cut it live? We review his show at London's KOKO...
James Bay. Singer-songwriter, universally tipped for greatness and winner of the Brits Critics Choice Award.
KOKO, the grand palace at the bottom of Camden.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
As sold out as sold out can be, full of a very appreciate crowd and lots of oversized hats.
So what was the set like? What did he play?
He ran through just about everything in his locker, kicking off with 'Craving' and running through the rest of his early cuts including a stellar 'When We Were On Fire' and 'Move Together'. He previewed about two thirds of his debut album Chaos And The Calm and even worked in a cover of Alicia Keys' 'If I Ain't Got You'. The closing 'Hold Back The River' was stunning, with just about every member of the crowd singing it back to him.
Any good between song banter?
It was more lots of thanks for coming and promises to see all the crowd again. He's a nice man James Bay.
Did he put on much of a show?
Some nice lights, not much else. But then Bay is all about the voice and his knuckle tight band, nothing else is required.
What was the highlight of the set?
The whole thing was great, but his cover of Alicia Keys' 'If I Ain't Got You' was something very special indeed.
Where can I catch him next?
He heads out on his biggest tour to date in April, then it'll be a summer full of festivals.