Michael Kilbey Live Review 6th April

Michael Kilbey, a singer-songwriter from a small village in Hertfordshire, not far from London, England made his debut appearance on the BBC Introducing Stage, Glastonbury as a co-writer with The Franks at the tender age of just 18. Since then he has written over 40 songs as a solo artist.

Being a self-taught guitarist and pianist, he draws on a wide vocal range to create expansive, haunting, melody-laden almost dream like songs, full of real emotion citing influences from The Smiths, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, REM and The Killers. Songs range from epic rock to more stripped, intimate creations.

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Kilbey has a powerful voice, which for me resonates with Gaz Brookfield, bringing the country feeling to the city, bringing soft insightful lyrics to a place where repetitive poppy tunes rule.

He is a talented artist who shows a variety of styles including both rock and acoustic. He even manages to bring a violin to the stage while still retaining more powerful songs including the hit single ‘Indigo’. From the way he performs on stage you can feel the passion he has for music, which is great to see nowadays. He is not just an artist but a born performer.

Towards the end of the night he introduces band members, large band which includes 1 pianist, 2 guitarists, 1 bassist, 1 drummer and a violinist.

One of the guitars is from a band called The Hemingways.

On stage he has a good connection with one of the other guitarist as they’ve been in the band together for a long time.

Compared to other artists, he stands out because I connected to his songs on a emotional level. This is a great aspect as I’ve only managed to do this with Freya Ridings and both respected support acts too. His lyrics tell haunting yet beautiful stories which, due to past experiences I can connect with.

Olso Hackey, London has seen lots of talent and is a lovely venue. He played on a stage that has hosted Marina and the Diamonds, Years And Years, Mumford And Sons and Alabama Shakes amongst many. Despite the 350 capacity, it felt very intimate as he had family and friends there.

Also not to forget the premier of new single ‘I Was Waiting’. The full video was shown during the intermission. Beautifully shot and with meaning, unlike so many these days. Actress was present at the gig which shows how intimate it all was.

Encouraging singer-songwriter James Edgar grew up and still lives in the North West of England, near Blackpool where his fame started as a local performer but with the aid of the web, his talents spread globally. His YouTube videos feature amazing versions of songs by everyone from Bon Iver and Marron 5. Support Act star ‘James Edgar’ was very similar to Michael and the band, but still very enjoyable.

Looking forward to Kilbey’s forthcoming debut album ‘Return to Ours’. Also excited to see him in October!!


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