Paolo Nutini recently took to the stage in Belfast for a sold-out show to his legions of Irish fans. With a headline slot performing at Custom House Square as part of the Belsonic line-up, he put on a spectacular show. Here at The Lowdown, we were lucky enough to be there. Keep reading to check out our review!
EFÉ was the support act for the show, who certainly got the crowd warmed up for Paolo Nutini. With a relatively high-energy set, she slowed things down for ballad 'Table For Two.' With the whole crowd dancing along for her final song, her set was exceptional. Her energy never wavered once throughout, and she made for the perfect support act for Paolo Nutini in Belfast!
The unbelievably talented Paolo Nutini was welcomed on stage with rapturous applause and cheering from the Belfast crowd. It was evident that his return to Belfast was very eagerly anticipated. While he performed timeless classics, he also performed 'Desperation,' a track taken off his latest studio album, titled 'Last Night In The Bittersweet,' which was released earlier this year.
There is something incredibly special about seeing a sold-out crowd singing and dancing together after being deprived of live music for such a long time. The Belfast crowd sang along to every word throughout his set. The atmosphere was undeniably electric and made for an unforgettable concert!
One of the most poignant moments of the evening was when his band the stage and Paolo performed 'Dream A Little Dream' acoustically. While performing a few more acoustic songs thereafter, he managed to keep the crowd engaged with his talent.
He took the time to thank his band who accompanied him throughout his set. He then thanked the audience for their continued support, including the phenomenal response to his recent album. Taking in every minute of being up on that stage, his stage presence and exceptional talent certainly solidified that aside from making music that has a continued legacy over the years, he equally excels at being up on the stage and performing his own music.
After an almost two-hour length set, which included a host of songs including 'Through The Echoes,' 'Take Me Take Mine' and 'Radio,' the final poignant moment of the gig came when he sat down on the stage while everyone cheered along, before asking the audience if they wanted one more song, wrapping up his set with 'Shine A Light.'
With three headline shows in Ireland scheduled for next year in Belfast's Ormeau Park, Cork's Musgrave Park and Dublin's Malahide Castle, no doubt Paolo Nutini's Irish fans are already counting down the days until they can see him live again, after he put on such an amazing show in Belfast! If you get the opportunity to see Paolo Nutini at any of his upcoming UK shows, you are in for an incredible show, filled with timeless classics and newer tunes as well. For a full list of his upcoming live performances, click here.
By Rachel Dempster