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Live: TOM GRENNAN // O2 Academy Brixton, London

Tom Grennan delivers a triumphant performance at O2 Brixton in London.

“I came here with my Mum once to watch Hozier” grins Tom Grennan from the stage of O2 Academy Brixton, “and I said imagine, just imagine if I was up there one day. I’m a very lucky boy”.

When you think about it, Grennan and Hozier are pretty much one in the same; they both sold out Brixton having released only their debut album, they both possess silky smooth voices sent straight from the Gods of music, and they both appeal to the masses. By masses we mean we’re not sure whether the boys here tonight were dragged here by their girlfriends or vice versa, and the sheer number of Dads waving their pints in the air wearing their best M&S skinny jeans is obscene.

When you play a full length show off the back of one debut album, the setlist can tend to be predictable. Playing every album track possible, from George Ezra-esque single Barbed Wire to his personal favourite cut Little By Little Love he stops in-between to express humble gratitude and dedicate the odd song to his Mum. What a gem.

For a man whose voice could quite happily do all the talking, he treats the stage almost like a playground, running from left to right (which, for those of you who have been to O2 Brixton will know is a feat in itself), up and down the set steps, crowd surfing and standing against the barrier singing with the front row.

There isn’t a dry eye in the house as he takes us back to 2016 for breakthrough track All Goes Wrong. Standing with arms raised high above his head listening to 5,000 people chant Found What I’ve Been Looking For back at him, it’s clear that he’s found what he’s been looking for (sorry) tonight.

Rounding off the encore and one hell of a fantastic show, he croons Something In The Water, as both tears and pride ripple across the crowd.

Brixton is just the beginning for this likely lad.

Photos: Anna Smith