Gig review: Tom Odell hits London's Islington Assembly Hall

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We've been sitting about twiddling our thumbs waiting for new Tom Odell tunes since the release of his smash debut album Long Way Down back in 2013; and last night we *finally* saw the lad live for the first time at London's O2 Islington Assembly Hall - a cute little venue that proved the perfect place to get our earholes round tracks old and new.

Yup - ahead of the release of his highly-anticipated second album Wrong Crowd Tom kicked off his tour, which sees him play everywhere from Paris to Berlin, in London and we just had to toddle along to see if he's still got it.

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(SPOILER: He has.)

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The setlist

You know how sometimes, when you go to a gig and the artist plays new stuff, the atmosphere's pretty dead and kinda awkward? Not here, folks. Tom's new material's so big, bold and damn dramatic the crowd couldn't help but bop along like they'd heard 'em a million times over. Obviously all the old classics were in there too ('Another Love' is just a forever fave) and he had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand.

Not literally. There wasn't actually any food. One of the only disappointments.

talk talk talk talk #wrongcrowd

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What were the best bits, then?

Our absolute highlight has to be new big ballad 'Constellations' which we're gonna need the studio version of, like, rn.

Any bits that weren't so good?

It was kinda short. Like, we could've done with another couple of songs. That's a compliment though, right?

Final verdict:

3.5 1

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