Calum Scott performing his Only Human Tour at Rock City Nottingham on Friday 20th April 2018.

Images and review by Kevin Cooper

Hull based singer songwriter Calum Scott must be pinching himself. Having stepped into the spotlight on 2015’s Britain’s Got Talent as Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer act, it is the release of his debut album, Only Human, that is finally getting him the recognition he deserves.

This very gifted vocalist with lots of layers to his voice took to the stage at Rock City last night and opened with the lively Come Back Home. Following up with Stop Myself (Only Human), the crowd were soon singing along with him.

Whilst many of his songs contain heart wrenching lyrics about his personal life they just served to endear him to this crowd. Taking his jacket off to screams from the audience, he delivered the infectious dance number, Rhythm Inside.

The song that has been blasted all over the radio airwaves, You Are The Reason, came early in the set and did not disappoint as the crowd belted the words back at him.

Obviously the set was going to be laden with songs from the album and the likes of Good To You and What I Miss Most were resplendent in their delivery. A three song acoustic set included Bob Dylan’s Not Dark Yet, Scott’s own Hotel Room with its soaring choruses whilst the undoubted highlight of the night, No Matter What saw him get very emotional.

Finishing the main set with Give Me Something, he was back on for an encore with the very beautiful and moving If Our Love Is Wrong before rounding the evening off with Robyn’s hit Dancing On My Own which had kick started his career.

With a set that lasted just shy of an hour, the concert could have gone on for a little longer. But this was due to the fact that Scott has little by way of a back catalogue. But with a great career ahead of him, that problem will certainly soon be rectified. With a voice that just begs to be heard, perhaps a few covers could keep him on the stage for just a little longer.

In 2014 a shy and unassuming Sam Smith graced the same stage and earlier this month he quickly sold out a UK arena tour. There is no doubting the similarities between these artists and with Scott’s talent being too great to be written off, that short walk to the city’s larger venue almost certainly beckons.