It was the sudden flashing lights and the collective, euphoric scream, filling the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire that signaled Sam Smith’s arrival on to the stage. Kicking off his first London show on his sold out first UK tour ever with the song he named his E.P after – “Nirvana”, he had fans singing his lyrics to him right from the first second.
Following “Nirvana”, Sam performed a number of his original songs including his latest single, current UK Number 1 “Money on My Mind” as well as songs he is featured on, such as the worldwide hit ‘La La La’ which he recorded with Naughty Boy, and Disclosure’s “Latch”.
Performing at this venue was clearly very personal for Sam, who explained to the fans that it was a dream come true to play there for his first London show. He told everyone on the top balcony that he’d left chocolates for them, because he knew they weren’t the best seats, which seemed to make them love him even more!
Even if he was nervous, it only worked to his advantage. His meek “I’m so sorry if I burp, I’ve just had a massive Nandos!” only reeled his audience in even further, as did his cheeky smile and his chuckle when a female fan yelled ‘you’re a sex god!’ in between songs. His lively cover of the Arctic Monkey’s ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ had everyone dancing and shouting the lyrics as if their lives depended on it, and he fed off the energy and put on an incredible show.
What amazed me was that listening to Sam Smith live was like listening to his studio recordings; the passionate tone and soulfulness was amplified at the concert, and the chemistry between him and his band was great. Even though this was his first show in London the musicianship of him and his band gave the impression that these were experienced performers, undaunted by performing in the capital.
Personally, I am a huge fan of Sam Smith, and this concert was everything I had hoped for and more – I fully recommend getting tickets for one of his next gigs otherwise you’re missing out!