Ben Howard

Date: 18th October
Venue: Brudenell, Leeds
Rating: *****

Against the bespangled cosmos of the Brudenell Social Club, Ben Howard played and sang his heart out to an enthralled intimate gathering for what was a truly memorable evening.

Howard’s rip-roaring lightning fingers and raw vocals for such anthems as ‘Keep Your Head Up’ and ‘Only Love’ inspired much singing, dancing and merry-making from the crowd below and were greeted with raucous applause. His performance was also peppered with the tender chords and vocals of songs such as ‘Old Pine’ and ‘Diamonds’ which captivated and entranced his audience, casting a haunting silence. The intensity and emotion of these intimate snippets was at times overwhelming and although credit should be given to Howard’s talented band, they sometimes seemed to fade away as one became lost in one man and his guitar.

The set literally left the crowd howling for more as an already dedicated following commenced a rendition of ‘The Wolves’ which Howard eagerly responded to. Howard’s sheer passion for his craft and humble nature shone through in his playful banter and interaction with the crowd, a crowd who was rewarded with the first live performance of ‘Bones.’ Howard and his band wrapped up proceedings with the lively ‘Move Like You Want To’ which further showcased Howard’s versatility and manipulation of the stage.

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