After a busy summer performing at events, such as Reading and Leeds, Boardmasters, and Latitude festival, 21-year-old Bradford boy, Tom Grennan, took to the stage at The Old Fire Station to help bring Bournemouth freshers to an almighty end.
Three years ago, Grennan first found fame, making an appearance on the well-known Chase and Status track ‘When It All Goes Wrong’. Rewind a few years back and a career in the music industry seemed unlikely for the bradford boy, instead proving to be a rather promising figure in football – playing for teams such as Aston Villa, Luton Town, Northampton Town and Stevenage. Fast forward to this year, Grennan has rightly earned a place on the Independent’s ‘One to watch list for 2017’, as well as BBC music’s ‘Sound of 2017’.
Opening the night was 19-year-old, Brighton born, Lily Moore. With a set-list full of her own original songs, she set the tone for what was to be a highly anticipated evening ahead of the main act, Tom Grennan.
Grennan wasted no time on introductions as he kicked off with his brand new single ‘Royal Highness’. The energetic performance was littered with apologies as Tom explained he had a ‘rough night’ in Brighton yesterday and was feeling the effects, warning gig goers to ‘stay away from the alcohol and fags’.
The intimacy of the venue meant that the audience could actively converse and interact with Tom between songs, creating a relaxed environment for everyone there. The audience felt at ease throughout the set as they connected with his passion through and sung along to classic’s such as ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ and ‘Something In The Water’.
A huge challenge in modern music is ensuring that the artist involved sounds as good both digitally and in real life. Tom Grennan’s voice in person is as fantastic live as on his albums – the rasp in his voice is as real as his northern accent.
Grennan and his band made themselves available at the merch stand following the gig – a royalty which many fans took advantage of it. It looked like his first trip to Bournemouth had been a successful one and with so much so much gigging on the schedule, Tom was ready to unwind as he teased us with the promise of a skinny dip down the beach.
Tom Grennan’s debut album entitled ‘Lighting Matches’ is set to be released on March 10th 2018 accompanied by some of his biggest shows to date. Hopefully this weeks packed-out gig will be enough to entice Tom back in the not so distant future.