Live Review: Charlie Simpson – The Sugar Club, Dublin – 24/01/15

Before setting off on tour with Fightstar, Charlie Simpson embarked on a more intimate acoustic tour across the UK and Ireland.

Following impressive sets from support acts Pete Gardiner, Blackwell and Emma Blackery, Dublin’s Sugar Club was well and truly warmed up.

Pete Gardiner executed an upbeat folk-rock performance radiating a fantastic stage ethic across the candle-lit venue.

Blackwell provided more of a pop vibe with light-hearted keyboard and soaring vocals. Towards the end of his set, Andy had the crowd singing lyrics back at him, and deservedly so.

Youtube star and singer/songwriter Emma Blackery was up next, filling the slot just before Charlie himself. Stripping her sound right back to acoustic, Emma’s humble humour and delicate vocals fit perfectly on the theatre-esque stage for the opening night of tour.

Charlie Simpson opened his set on ‘Long Road Home’ acclaimed track ‘Comets’, kicking the night off to a well of appreciation from the packed out venue. Performing a mix of tracks from both solo albums ‘Young Pilgrim’ and ‘Long Road Home’, Simpson’s well balanced set was impressively received.

Stand out tracks of the night included ‘Comets’, ‘Winter Hymns’, ‘Would You Love Me Any Less’ and ‘Parachutes’, which sounded totally refreshed as an acoustic number.

Set for Belfast and plenty of dates across the UK, the stripped back vibe of last night’s Dublin show is a whole new venture for Charlie’s sound and it definitely works.

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