Gig Review: James Morrison - Hampton Court Palace Festival ✭✭✭✭

James Morrison
Hampton Court Palace Festival  

20th June 2012: The sixth day of the ten day Hampton Court Palace festival brought us James Morrison.

James Morrison is one of the biggest-selling male solo artists in the UK and this was reflected in this sold out show.

Set in the beautiful courtyard of Hampton Court Palace, the weather was on our side, somewhat of a novelty this June. 

After a picnic or a drink the audience quickly filed to their seats and all waited in anticipation as James Morrison, dressed in black and a grey shirt, was joined on stage by his five piece band and two female backing singers (Sara Jane Skeet and Beverley Brown).

Much to the delight of the audience, the show began with Beautiful Life as the opening song.

As Morrison sang Don’t Let Me Go, the audience took to their feet and sang along, with many running down to the front creating an impromptu mosh pit.

He also sang a favourite of mine, One Life, from his second album The Awakening, Broken Strings and You Give Me Something.

Morrison spoke affectionately of his late father before giving a fantastic performance of Up, a song which was inspired by their turbulent relationship.

The audience simply loved James Morrison, with none too shy to make their declaration. If one shouted, not to be out done, another shouted louder, until half the crowd were declaring their love.

The show came to an end and James Morrison received a standing ovation as he left the stage. He came back for an encore leaving us with Wonderful World. It truly was a wonderful evening.

Look out for James Morrison in Kew on 6th July!

4 out of 5 stars ✭✭✭✭

Review by Unsa Chaudri