The sell-out John Newman gig at the Arts Club in Liverpool was something special. With people queuing outside, way before the concert was due to start, there were quite a few committed fans in attendance. Held in the Loft area of the club – a large room with a bar at the back and a stage at the front – there was an air of expectation and genuine excitement.
The support act, Etham, did a great job opening for Newman. A sound performance with just him and his guitar delivered soulful singing with both upbeat and slower numbers; he is definitely an act to watch out for. Then, it was onto the main man.
In a casual T-shirt and jeans, he seemed a little apprehensive at first, but he had the audience in the palm of his hand within minutes. A small but very loud and appreciative crowd of only a couple of hundred fans enjoyed this atmospheric and intimate experience.
John explained that he would be talking throughout the gig between songs, and he gave us background information on his journey to fame and fortune, some of the pitfalls and his feelings throughout. He talked about the support from his friends and family, particularly his mum, dedicating a song to her. He also discussed his relief at being able to discard the suit image and feeling free to write and perform music that he is really happy with, and he married last year as well.
There was much emotion, and even though he may have been a little worse for wear following a mad previous night in Leeds back in his Yorkshire homeland, the vocals were outstanding. The great tunes kept coming including chart hits Love Me Again, Blame, Cheating and loads more, which went down a storm including a cover of the Kings Of Leon’s Someone Like You. For me, the song of the night was his new release Stand By Me, which the audience got into straight away, joining in and feeling the love.
This was a great gig at a great venue that I would happily see again.
Overall Rating: 10/10 – Perfect