George Ezra performing his Gold Rush Kid Tour at The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Saturday 1st October 2022

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Brit award winner George Ezra returned to Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday night to promote his latest album, Gold Rush Kid and there wasn’t a single standing place or seat to be had.

In a jacket embroidered with the album title, Ezra took to the stage accompanied by his seven piece band to his intro music It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones and enraptured with new song Anyone For You (Tiger Lily).

He moved seamlessly between songs that the crowd have known for years and his newer material. Cassy O’ saw his roving horn players dancing away with one another before fans favourite Get Away had the crowd screaming the words right back at him.

His globetrotting endeavours have proved to be a source of great inspiration for the singer songwriter, songs such as the classic Barcelona, new songs Manila which took the crowd to Southeast Asia and Green Green Grass, to the Caribbean, all illustrated on the huge video wall behind him.

New song Sweetest Human Being Alive accompanied by just a pianist, stunned the audience into silence with its beautiful melody and peaceful lyrics, as did the gospel tinged In The Morning. With just an acoustic guitar he delivered a heartfelt rendition of Hold My Girl which was one of the many highlights of the show and saw mobile phone torches swath the Arena.

As he headed towards the electrifying airing of Paradise and crowd pleaser Blame It On Me, the crowd were at their loudest as he finished his main set with a samba dance party replete with roving horns and percussion before Ezra’s big break out hit Budapest transported the Arena to new heights of rapture.

For the encore there was new song Dance All Over Me before pop anthem Shotgun brought an explosive conclusion to a spell binding evening of music from one of the UK’s most talented artists who never stopped smiling all evening.