Jack Garratt performing at Rock City Nottingham on Wednesday 16th November 2016

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Jack Garratt is going to be a huge star; just ask those who turned out last night at Rock City to see the winner of both the Brits Critics Choice and the prestigious BBC’s Sound Of 2016 polls.

Building up an enormous fan base after the release of his debut album, Phase, earlier this year, it is little wonder that he is being compared to Ed Sheeran, as he comes onto a stage which is littered with a vast array of instruments and delighted with Breathe Life.

Running between a drum set, percussion pad, keyboard, synthesizer and guitar, this multi talented artist showed that he can deliver live. With a style of music that is a blend of soul, electronica, pop and alternative rock; it is his voice that captivates. Ranging from falsettos, to a gutsy holler or a croon, Garratt has it all.

Whilst playing sleek soulful keyboards with his left hand and twirling a drum stick and walloping a drum pad with his right, he delighted this crowd with Water and his debut single, Chemical. Surprise Yourself showcased his captivating beautiful voice and tender guitar playing, before he launched in to the explosive Fire.

The Love You’re Given was gripping in its own way, whilst Weathered came early in the set with the whole room belting out the words. With an incredible sense of rhythm, Far Cry was a delight, as was his latest single, Worry.

Watching him move between instruments at break neck speed, he made it all look so easy. With a charming magnetic presence between songs it was easy to see why he was able to sell out Rock City. Last night’s performance showed that he is more than just a guy with a beard and a drum pad; he is definitely one to watch out for.