Gig review: James Bay hits London's Eventim Apollo

You gotta see Bay or nah?

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James Bay's come a bloody long way since winning the BRIT Awards Critics' Choice prize last year, hasn't he? His album Chaos and the Calm's hit number 1, he's just released 2016's official Sport Relief single 'Running' and his hat itself's a household name everywhere from Grimsby to Guatemala. So it's no wonder his show at London's Eventim Apollo was an absolute sell-out, tbh.

Yup - last night (otherwise known as the evening of Match 30th) James Bae as he's commonly known round these parts performed loads of tunes off of his debut album to a rather excitable audience. And who was perched slap-bang in the middle of the circle bit upstairs? Yup, we were.

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Now we'd never actually seen a headline Jimbob show before, so this was all very new to us. And how was the experience? Let's DISCUSS.

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The setlist

Not gonna lie, James could have come out and performed a load of Mr. Blobby songs alongside a Same Difference medley and he'd probably have slayed the game; but as it happens he did the more traditional thing of doing loads of faves from Chaos and the Calm. Hoorah.

The majority of tracks y'all know and love were in there - we're talking the likes of  'Craving,' 'Move Together' and 'Get Out While You Can' and, while there weren't many setlist surprises, we were basically just well happy to see a huge chunk of the album live.

What were the best bits, then?

Right, where do we even start? Old fave 'Clocks Go Forward' was definitely a moment, the singles were obviously huge ('Hold Back the River' as the encore was just BLISSFUL, basically) and there was even a cover of 'Rolling on the River' in there too. Oh, that was a good 'un.

Everyone went batshit bonkers for 'Best Fake Smile' and the whole crowd joined in with 'If You Ever Want to Be in Love.' Lush.

Any bits that weren't so good?

The two women in front of us were so annoying. No, but seriously they were *so* effing annoying to the point where we had to tell 'em to shut up as they yapped on about Daniel's ex-girlfriend's Labradoodle or some shit throughout.

Other than that, James himself was pretty perfect. Had a lovely time, we did.

Rating out of five:

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D'ya know what? We were pleasantly impressed not only by James's tunes (we've already been obsessed with them for yonks, after all), but also his stage presence and ability to keep the crowd (aside from the two annoying women we just told you about) properly engaged. Also, as a total sidenote, we have no frickin' idea how he fits in those skinny jeans.

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