Jack Garratt @ o2 Academy
Before this gig the idea of a one man band would have conjured up an image in my mind of Dick Van Dyke’s questionable musical efforts in Mary Poppins. But Jack Garratt has set that misconception straight with an incredible solo performance at the 02 Academy. With the crowd suitably warmed up by the achingly hipster and quite brilliant support act Seramic, a huge roar greeted Garratt to the stage. Backed by an incredible light show he stormed through opening number ‘Coalesce’ and barely paused for breath before delivering an amazing version of ‘Breathe Life’. Garratt’s musical ability is incredible to watch; it’s hard to keep track of him as he leaps from instrument to instrument creating those intricate layers of sound. Perhaps his greatest strength though is his ability to work the crowd. He clearly enjoyed teasing the audience with a selection of opening instrumentals from some classic songs. Surely he wasn’t going to cover ‘Hit me Baby One More Time’?! No, but he did do a mean mash up cover of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Senorita’ and Craig David’s ‘Seven Days’. At the end of a week the US elected Donald Trump he also reminded his audience that there is beauty in the world with his stripped back love song ‘My House is Your Home’, which he dedicated to all peoples and his fiancé. Ending his set with a storming version of ‘Worry’, Garratt left this once cynical reviewer in no doubt of his one man talent.