It’s the fifth time of seeing him (supporting Lily Allen and as part of the Summertime Ball last year), so I kind of get what he’s about. He’s like a mini rave in a can and there’s no doubt that the worshippers to the throne of EG get their money’s worth.
Kicking it off with “Kickstarts”, all the way through the big hitters of his three hit albums, there can be little doubt that there’s a lot of love in that room on a Monday night. Maybe from time to time I get slightly cynical when an artist says “you’re the best we’ve had on this tour”, well okay that might be to do with the amount of gigs I’ve been to, and to his credit, he never uttered those words all night. Instead we were “raving on a Monday night” (I’ve paraphrased that slightly).
It’s been brilliant to watch him develop as an artist & performer too. Back when he supported Lily Allen in the very same room he commanded it the same way then as now. The main difference is the quality of the song writing/producing. From “Watch the sun come up” to “Say nothing” the difference is palpable. From small venues, to arenas, to festivals, you get an air of confidence he’s comfortable anywhere – although it’s interesting to note the way the staging how small an area it was – plus the first time he’s had big screens in the arena – someone’s making a bit of cash now
Stand out moments of the night have to be “Playing in the Shadows”, “See the sea”, “We’ll be coming back” (although I did think he was a bit flat at this point… or was it the acoustics…), “Say nothing”, which if you’ve ever seen Coldplay live and the audience participation of Viva La Vida, you’ll understand why I love this so much now. Not forgetting his biggest song to date, and one I can get 9765 on Singstar on, “Changed the way you kiss me”.
Whatever happened in between “Kickstarts” and “Changed the way you kiss me”, proves that it doesn’t matter the size of the venue or the staging, all that matters is that there’s a connection between you and the song, and for the 5,000 plus people within Motorpoint Arena Cardiff last night, that connection was a strong as ever.
Elliot – you’re a shining example of how it should be done!
Setlist (as much as I can recall)
Won’t Go Quietly
See the Sea
Come Taste the Rainbow
Playing in the Shadows
Under the Influence
Shot Yourself in the Foot Again
Let’s Be F**king Stupid
Watch the Sun Come Up
We’ll Be Coming Back Again
Changed the Way You Kiss Me
As a footnote, can I thank the person in St Davids 2 Carpark who lent me 10p. I’d kept enough change for the machine, put it all in, but was 10p short (machine missed a coin maybe?). Went to pay with a £10 note, found the note bit not working, was about to put in my debit card – yes for 10p – when the guy behind offered me 10p to pay… so thank you. And the lesson is… make sure you have enough change!
Patrick Downes is a former head of music, producer, and commercial radio presenter with 16 years airtime, and is now part of the community radio station at Bro Radio in Vale of Glamorgan, UK. Check out his facebook page at www.soof.co.uk
Montage of Elliot Gleave’s Monday night “rave” in Cardiff from 25th February 2013
This entire review will be written completely without bias – that’s an important statement to read first. Secondly, ignore the previous statement!
Example kicked off his UK tour last night inCardiff to a sell-out at the Motorpoint Arena and those that were present were not left wanting. It’s his first arena tour after playing smaller venues at the tail end of 2011, so this was pretty much that tour on a grander scale. The venue may have been bigger, but the intimacy that was generated was still the same as I’d witnessed at Cardiff Uni in December. The crowd were loving all the “classics” (yes… classic is the right word) like Watch the sun come up, Natural Disaster, and Kickstarts. Together with some big album tracks from Playing in the Shadows.
He also debut three new songs including collaboration with Calvin Harris out in July. If you’ve ever wondered had good a song is, try this; hear it for the first time, and before the end you know the main hook and can sing along with it’s anthemic chorus. There’s also a Flux Pavillion collaboration too and the other new song I’ll post the video when I get home (I’ll post a montage of the gig!)
In the week I pondered the question, what kind of style of music is Example. Did it completely randomly on twitter and added his @example tag – and he replied! Most bizarre feeling ever to get replied to by him – “it’s all just music innit”
Back to last night and the biggest song of the night was his biggest song from just under a year ago. The first bars hit the air and the surge from the crowd was amazing, a real “hairs on the back of your neck” moment.
So last night in Cardiff “just music” wasn’t just what it was. People came to worship at the alter of Example, and left feeling enlightened. If you’re a fan you do have to see this guy live – probably one of the best live shows of 2012 you’ll see for sheer music passion.
Elliot John Gleave, you really are a shining example of quality live music!
Review by Patrick Downes www.twitter.com/officialpoptart
(Full photos and video to follow)
Quite a few big songs out this year, and events to (Pippa Middleton’s arse remind you of a day in April maybe), so here’s some of our favourite tunes of the year.
Example – Changed the way you kiss me
Just something about this tune that makes you just wanna crank the volume right up, and when the bass kicks in on the bridge, you wanna bounce. Simple as.
I know Coldplay are marmite – you either love them, or hate them. I’m in the earlier category and having seen them live this year (gig of the year), it’s cemented my love for the band and this song itself just doesn’t seem to want to go away at the moment – maybe the first number one of 2012?
Charlene Soraira-Wherever you will go
Who’d have thought a cover version of The Calling and an advert for tea would bring us such an amazing song by Charlene. You can listen to this and just chill completely. Her album Moonchild is also just sublime
Katy Perry-Last friday night
It’s been a huge year for Mrs Brand. Twice in Cardiff (lucky girl) and this song/video is just one of the most fun tunes of the year. Watch for cameos from Hanson, Kenny G and Debbie Gibson
Rihanna-We found love
Does this woman actually rest? The video was the one that an Irish farmer stopped the filming of, due to Rihanna being in a state of undress…. The tune is pretty damn awesome, thanks to a certain Calvin Harris
Straight Lines-Set me on fire and feed me to the wolves
A strange choice for best of 2011? I’ve seen them several times, and they are just awesome. This is taken from the album “Persistence in the game”, and is one of those songs that’s best listened/watched live – the crowd conga..not mosh! 🙂
More of my best bits of 2011 on New Year’s Eve at 8am on BRO Radio