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Live review: Jack Garratt @ Shepherds Bush Empire, London

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Last night (4th September) Shepherd's Bush Empire played host to a much anticipated performance from Jack Garratt - the man on everyone's lips destined to top 'Sound Of 2016' lists everywhere. 

Taking to the stage around 9pm, the venue was packed to the rafters quite literally as the gig was a complete sell out. 

Visibly overwhelmed by his initial reception, Jack Garratt looked taken aback by the cheering crowd.

Admitting that he lived 'just down the road' from this venue the gig clearly meant a lot to the up and coming musician.

The words 'one-man-band' are thrown around a lot when referencing Garratt and it really does sum up what he does on stage. With just himself and a whole load of fancy looking equipment and instruments, he is a 21st century one man band, with all the talent to go with it. 

Throughout his set he played favourites such as 'Chemical' and 'The Love You're Given', the latter being brought to a whole new level in the live setting as Garratt actually performed the falsetto vocal at the end of the track. It was truly spine-tingling. Not only did it highlight Garratt's amazing vocals, it showed his musicianship and ability to live-mix sounds. 

'Breathe Life' is the track of the moment and on the day of the show was poignantly named Radio 1's Track Of The Day. Garratt introduced this track as very new, revealing he'd only ever performed it live a handful of times. As an audience member I found his performance to be completely flawless, however, Garratt promised us it would be loads better next time we hear it live, laughing at the enormity of this show and his supposed lack of practice. 

What made this more than just a standard Wednesday night gig was the emotion emitted from the musician. On stage was a man that cares about his craft with every inch of his body, this being even more evident during his performance in which he completely transcends his recordings to another level.

He finished with 'Worry', and when the crowd started singing the words back to him to relatively new musician was visible moved by this phenomenon. We have to tell you Jack, you better get used to it. 




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