REVIEW: Tom Grennan at O2 Academy Leicester

2018 has been a breakout year for singer-songwriter Tom Grennan, SIXTY9 went along to see him on his sold-out UK tour following the release of his debut album.

2018 has been a breakout year for Tom Grennan, releasing his long-awaited debut album Lighting Matches, a sold-out UK tour, a flurry of festival appearances and support from major music moguls this is just the beginning!

SIXTY9 went along to see Tom at o2 Academy Leicester on Friday 18th October to witness the live experience.


Stepping in to Leicester’s O2 Academy, the atmosphere was electric. Friday night vibes in the air and plenty of pints in hand, the sold-out crowd were ready and raring to go.

Photography by Alice Mills

As the lights dimmed, the familiar sounds of The Fugees ‘Ready or Not’ blasted through the speakers, the Bedford singer-songwriter subtly stepped on to stage with roars from the crowd.

Tom’s raspy vocals captivated the crowd with a beautiful acoustic version of his debut album closer ‘Sweet Hallelujah’, an understated choice, a calm before the storm you could say.

Tom’s charms his way through hits ‘Royal Highness’ and ‘Barbed Wire’ as well a handful of album tracks, all which are energetically sung by the the evidently loyal fan base. It’s rare to witness a set list that pleases the crowds that leaves no room for improvement and yet leaves you wanting more.

Photography by Alice Mills

The opening beats of  Tom’s most recognisable single ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ erupts into a chant from the crowd as Tom effortlessly sings over the passionate crowd.

The energy never lowers throughout the evening with Tom declaring his love for the Leicester crowd and giving a shout out to his previous appearance at the city’s Cookie venue.

As we arrive at the all familiar encore, Tom steps off stage announcing he’ll be back in 2 minutes. Within a heartbeat, he arrives back on stage, fist pumps to the air and treats us to an acoustic version of his Chase & Status 2016 feature “All Goes Wrong” and “Something in the Water”.

Seeing Tom live really cements his place as one to watch and not to be underestimated. His gravelly vocals and his laddish charm captures an audience of all ages.

tickets for the remainder of the tour are available via www.tomgrennanmusic.com/tourdates
Tom’s debut album ‘Lighting Matches’ is out now at http://smarturl.it/LIGHTINGMATCHES