Tom Grennan performing his What, If’s & Maybes Tour at The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Friday 17th March 2023.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Every year Bedfordshire born Tom Grennan has grown in confidence and personality and so it was no surprise to see him performing his chart hits and promoting his third album, What, If’s & Maybes at the Motorpoint Arena on Friday night.

Opening with If Only, he soon removed his jacket and strutted around the stage bare chested with regular bursts of pyrotechnics in front of giant LED screens that told the story of Tom’s journey thus far, and which thanked the crowd for their support, a message that he reiterated throughout the evening during his twenty song set.

Dipping into his 2018 debut album, Lighting Matches, he delivered a brilliant medley of Sober, Royal Highness and Barbed Wire, which he followed up with Psychedelic Kisses and got the Arena crowd bouncing along. Not keeping still for a moment, he ran up and down the catwalk that jutted out into the crowd, and covered every inch of the stage with his infectious energy.

All These Nights is a fizzing new wave inflected romp that sent a surge of energy into the crowd, and then there were his collaborations which all served to deliver a strong second half. There was the mellow Let’s Go Home Together recorded with Ella Henderson which had the crowd reaching for their camera torches, Not Over Yet with KSI, and By Your Side with Calvin Harris which saw drummer Adam Gammage giving the song a heavy beat.

Finishing the main set with his hit, Remind Me Grennan had delivered a set that had confetti, flames, neon pink and blue lights and lasers adding to the visual onslaught, whilst all the time not detracting from a set that had been littered with great songs.

Retuning for a stripped back version of the beautiful You Are Not Alone, a song that was very well received on Comic Relief, and for his final song Little Bit Of Love, he shared the stage with a female fan, happy to share the limelight with her.