29 Sep 2013

DIARY: JAMES BLAKE LIVE AT SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE





On Thursday evening I had the pleasure of witnessing James Blake perform at Shepherds Bush Empire. That night also happened to be his birthday and we the crowd created an incredible atmosphere to set up what was an amazing show. I'd only seen his live material on video clips and so to be there in person just felt so spectacular. I can't recall any other artist whose sound so literally filled up every nook and cranny of the venue, ethereal and almost tangible, like we could feel the sound particles. The three guys on stage absolutely killed it track after track, with mesmerising renditions of songs from James' two massive albums – the latter of which has of course been nominated for the Mercury Prize this year, and how deservingly.

Oh and FKA twigs was supporting, which was a hugely pleasant surprise. She's got something really interesting going on. Her second EP just dropped this month and it's good. Check her out.

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