hmv.com reviews... Jamie T @ O2 Academy Bristol
Jamie T continued his remarkable comeback with a stellar show in Bristol, and we were there to take it all in...
Britain's most consistent and exciting singer songwriter Jamie T.
A very sold out Bristol Academy.
Any good supports?
Opening Kent duo Slaves really warmed up the crowd. Despite their smart attire, these two aren't slick, in fact they make an almighty racket. It's as if its the garage rock of Drenge has been mixed with the spitting lyrics and vocals from former Gallows frontman Frank Carter. There are already devoted fans jumping away from the outset but they certainly gain a lot more by the end of the set. 'Girl Fight' starts off with a Streets esq tale of walking home on a late night but ends with a 15 second onslaught of killer riffs. Ace.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Jamie T has gathered quite a following from loyal fans from the past couple of years. It's clear to see why it was almost impossible to get a ticket as everybody who is in the building wants to be there. The raucous crowd sang along to songs old and new, disregarding the no crowdsurfing rules much to the amusement of everyone in the room.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
As the opening chants of "Jamie T! Jamie T!" rang around the venue before he appeared on stage, he strolled out casually, starting off with the first two tracks on his newest release Carry On The Grudge (which you can preview on the right of the page), 'Limits Lie' and 'Don't You Find', these felt like slight curveballs as though they engage the audience, it doesn't require too much movement. This changes though from the opening notes of 'Operation' leading into 'Peter' causing the floor to open up. For the first half of the set the mood is quite mellow as T works his way through tracks from his new album.
However it's promised by the man himself that things will pick up later with the faster songs and sing alongs to come. He's not kidding. 'Emily's Heart' causes the audience to sing louder than Jamie himself and a fantastic version of 'If You Got The Money' is expertly played to an adoring crowd. It's hard to believe that his seminal debut Panic Prevention was released over 8 years ago but every song performed tonight really means something to the people here.
Returning for an encore of the infectious 'Zombie' and a rousing 'Sticks And Stones', the crowd are left chanting for 'Sheila' even when the lights come up. For some it's disappointing not to hear quite possibly his most famous track but it's not surprising given the route he has taken with his new album. But the majority of this sweat drenched mass leave with a massive smile on their faces.
Any good between song banter?
There's an apology during 'Spiders Web' that they are going to be one of "those acts" who use a ukulele during their shows which was pretty funny, as well as a comparison to the venue being something reminiscing of a bar set in Mars. In between songs he's very humble thanking the crowd for sticking with him for such a long wait.
Did they put on much of a show?
Set against a backdrop of the latest album cover there's not much in terms of staging but Jamie throws himself around on stage particularly during an energetic '368'.
What was the highlight of the set?
Kings and Queens single 'The Man's Machine' causes one of the biggest cheers of the night seeing everybody bounce and chant along to its catchy chorus.
Where can I catch them next?
This was the opening night of the UK tour so there are plenty more dates to come in the next couple of weeks. These include venues from Birmingham to Newcastle as well as two massive homecoming gigs at London's Alexandra Palace. However tickets for everything are as good as sold out so you shall have to be asking around your friends in order to get into one of these riveting shows!