Michael Bublé performing his Higher Tour at The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Sunday 7th May 2023

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

It is over four years since Canadian crooner, Michael Bublé graced the stage of the Motorpoint Arena and he was back on Sunday night for the first of two highly anticipated performances.

With a layered stage set that saw tiered seating for his very talented band, he kicked off with Feeling Good, and from the moment he stepped on to the stage, he commanded the attention of the near sold out crowd with his smooth and soulful voice.

His interaction with the crowd was a real delight as he posed for selfies and gave out high fives and handshakes. They knew exactly what to expect and they were not disappointed as his big orchestrations and powerhouse vocals soared around the Arena.

Paying tribute to some of his musical influences Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E had the crowd singing and swaying in unison and he kept them moving with the likes of When You’re Smiling and Such A Night. There were sentimental moments as he tugged at his fans heart strings with songs like Everything, Higher and To Love Somebody and a truly sublime rendition of his 2005 hit, the spine tingling Home.

He made his way to a second smaller stage halfway in to the Arena, where he delighted with a medley of Elvis hits, which included Trouble, All Shook Up and Can’t Help Falling In Love With You. He returned to the main stage singing Barry White’s You’re The First, The Last, My Everything, before finishing the main set with the high tempo, upbeat It’s A Beautiful Day.

For the encore he performed the bluesy Cry Me A River and Marvin Gaye’s How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) before a stirring rendition of You Were Always On My Mind brought the set to a close and a truly memorable night from one of the most naturally gifted artists to grace the Nottingham stage.