The Teenage Cancer Trust stunning line-up of live music rolls round again for its twelfth year it the elegant surroundings of The Royal Albert Hall.
During its seven night residuary this year legends such as Jarvis, Daltery, Florence, and McCartney will play within Kensington’s most elaborate walls and tonight sees the turn of Fulham lad, Elliot Gleave, better known of course as Example.
This morning a national newspaper sharing its name with a round hot thing in the sky made the cruel comment that Example had a tough act to follow tonight. Macca was here twenty four hours ago, but it wasn’t Paul’s ageing face which graced the first cover of FHM earlier this year being crowned ‘man of the 2011’ was it?
Gleave presents himself as a peoples person, this fame criteria which follows stars that can play 20,000 capacity venues (Example is playing The O2 arena in a few weeks time) doesn’t usually see its subjects take a stroll outside the backstage compound before their shows to meet one of their friends unassisted by any entourage. Backstage itself things are very chilled as well, there’s no beefy assembly of bouncers or hordes of personal assistances with mobiles glued to their ears. Ell has even planned his own after show at a London nightclub once his time is done here.
Arriving on stage with ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ his ninety minute set compiles a dynamic mixture of rap, drum and bass as well as pop to the mixed aged crowd. Even the venues historical routes are given a cheeky mention during ‘See The Sea’ which capsizes the random message that we should wave our hands in the air for Queen Victoria!
Just a few tracks it and already receiving a royal seal of approval ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ booms into the room which will be later followed by ‘Stay Awake’, his first chart topping single which brought Example’s solo career to the nation’s attention in 2011 after he was give a step up to musical success thanks to the likes of Professor Green and Tinchy Strder who invited Example to feature on their early pieces of work. (‘Monster’ – Professor Green, ‘Game Over’ – Tinchy Stryder)
Veering away from radio friendly playlists the furious, angry sounds of ‘We Came We Saw We Killed The Crowd’ shows the artist’s diversity from teenage favourite to the Aiya Napa night clubber. Although confided to his own home town tonight opposed to the delights of southern coast Cyprus Gleave takes time out for his own ‘holiday snap’ from the Albert Hall for mum and dad before giving the crowd their own taste of vacation paradise by breaking into ‘Watch The Sun Come Up’
Saving four of his finest numbers until the end the quadruple masterpiece of ‘Kickstarts’, the aforementioned ‘Stay Awake’, ‘Natural Diaster’ and ‘Change The Way You Kissed Me’ (his second number 1 single),wraps up this exhilarating evening of one of the UK’s rising talents.
This time tomorrow Pulp will be wrapping up the fourth night of the Teenage Cancer Trust shows and to borrow a few words from a tabloid journalist, they also have a hard act to follow.
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