At only the age of 21, the british George Ezra quickly became a name that everyone recognize, with his song Budapest hitting the top of the charts in many countries. So naturally we were attending a sold out show at the biggest venue of the Trix, in Antwerp. On that saturday night, many people came to break their weekly routine and reconnect their heart and soul with some soothing music.
When we arrived at the venue, we saw this young lady singing alone with only her piano to accompany her. The english singer/songwriter Rae Morris has 4 EPs under her belt and will be releasing her debut album ‘Unguarded’ early next year. In the same vein as Birdy, the young singer has been recently receiving the attention she deserves, and being the opening act for George Ezra is probably the proof of it. With her mellow and captivating voice, she managed to enchant the audience for 25 minutes and reach out for new fans.
George Ezra made his long awaited entry on stage around 9 that night, with a lot of cheering from the crowd. And he kicked off things with one of his first singles Cassy O’ which directly put everyone in a dancing mood. When you look at the scene from afar, you realize it is far from that time when he played at Botanique only a few months ago with just his guitar and not even 100 (sitting) people.
With the addition of the live band, songs had a whole new dimension and were refilled with vivacity and energy. And to George, everything seemed effortless, his wizened tone voice enveloping all of the space while he was doing some weird cute moves. He then introduced the next two songs with jokes about their videos, Listen To The Man and Blame It On Me (‘If you hate me, you will definitely love this video as I get spit on by a bird and hit by a car in it’, he said). After a few songs, the band left the stage to leave him play some songs alone, including a Bob Dylan cover of Girl From the North Country and the song Leaving it up to you, in which the crowd participated by singing and clapping. The many I love yous coming out of the crowd made him smile. One of the highlights of the night was probably Spectacular Rival with its strong guitar lines, the instruments took the energy to a next level and gave a darker vibe to the joyful set. A few minutes later, George Ezra announced the last song of the night, which was no other than his hit song Budapest and definitely the crowd’s favorite, judging by the people’s reaction.
After leaving the stage, George was called back for an encore, with first a cover of Girls Just Want to Have Fun, in which he put his own spin, making it barely recognizable but incredibly pleasant nonetheless. Did you hear the rain? was the closing track of the night, with an a cappella beginning that leaves you breathless, followed by a catchy chorus that wouldn’t quit your mind for the rest of the night.
To sum up, George Ezra offered us a great night of indie music and since he only has one record out for now, this young man has certainly a bright future in front of him.