I was lucky enough to go along to George Ezra’s SOLD OUT show at Leeds O2 Academy to experience the #FollowTheRabbit campaign, hosted by O2. This allowed me to basically jump the queue, which is a massive bonus, especially since we had the typical rainy weather and the queue was pretty much never-ending. You also get the perk for 2-4-1 drinks, again a massive benefit when two drinks can come to £10.
When I arrived at Leeds O2 Academy, the only support for the evening, Lily Moore, was already on stay serenading the audience. A pianist/guitarist joined her on stage, and it set such a laid-back, relaxing vibe for the night to come.
No word of a lie, George Ezra is a man that fully loves it. From the moment he followed his band on the stage to the final moments of his last song, the smile on his face didn’t fade. You could see the happiness on his face when he heard the crowd sing back the lyrics to his songs like it was all still new to him.
It’s quite rare that I go to the more chilled out gigs, so it was such a great change to be able to stand there and appreciate the music for what it is, instead of getting pushed here there and everywhere. One thing that I loved about George Ezra’s performance is that he engaged with the audience, throughout the show he was telling stories about how he wrote the songs, what inspired him and what he was feeling at that moment in time. The audience held on to every word he said.
The setlist itself was built up with the perfect ratio of old and new songs and despite his 2nd album ‘Staying at Tamara’s‘ (Yes, he actually stayed at a girl called Tamara’s house whilst writing this album) being released a matter of days before, pretty much every person in the room knew all the lyrics, which even George was surprised by as the Leeds date was the first show he played after the album being released.
This was the first time I have ever seen George Ezra live, and I can guarantee I will be going to the next local gig he does. Make sure you do check out his latest album ‘Staying at Tamara’s’, honestly, it is heavenly, there isn’t a song on there which I don’t like.
I’m going to leave you with my top 5 favourite George Ezra songs, but be sure to visit Musica Moments again soon to read more: