Whoah what a night! The excitement for seeing another Tom Vek show was high! After his long hiatus, any opportunity to catch him was too hard to turn down. Coming off the back of releasing his third, yes third album, the show was sure to be filled with fresh new tracks as well as hopefully treading or more like dancing over old territory.
Following the passing of the cockpit (RIP), the gig was at the Wardrobe. A venue on the outskirts of town that was buzzing with people as soon as we entered. Fun adults were playing their support slot. They were channeling their love of Wild beasts with every falsetto note sung. It was an interesting support slot that seemed to prove challenging for some of the audience to stand. It was a mellow sound that had hints of pace and movement.
As soon as they finished, the stage was set for the Vek. From listening to new album ‘Luck’, it was no surprise he started with album opener ‘how am I meant to know?’. A track which eases you in a soft pace into the album and the gig with Vek’s signature vocals repeating the title over to a layering of the bands sounds. This was a start of something special.
He moved through the set list leaving little time to breath between each song. He captured the greats from the first two albums. ‘CC’, ‘Ain’t saying my goodbyes’ and ‘aroused’ enraptured many of the crowd, bringing out the most movement of the night.
Vek was as effortlessly calm and collected as you’d expect but you could see hints of his pure jubilation at the crowd when his words were being sung back at him. The fun had on stage mirrored the amount of fun I was having, especially when they free styled salt n pepas ‘push it’ on the end of ‘pushing your luck’.
The most soulful part of the night was when Vek played the somber track ‘The girl you wouldn’t leave for any other girl’. Such simplistic yet deep lyrics that were so emotionally piercing when Vek sings it live. Only downside was the rudeness of a lot of crowd members who wanted to chat rather than listen to the artist they’d paid to see. Symptomatic of gig going at the moment unfortunately.
If you’re thinking of buying a ticket for his tour but haven’t done yet, do so. You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss out on this artist while he’s still playing and not on a hiatus. Never stop making music Tom Vek. The world would be a less dancey place.