LIVE MUSIC REVIEW: GEORGE EZRA with EVES KARYDAS, Thebarton Theatre, 29 January 2019

It’s amazing to think that a few years ago, the name George Ezra was barely known, as the widely-acclaimed singer/songwriter graced the stage of the Thebby Theatre in Adelaide last night.

Although a warm night indeed, fans had flocked and filled the room to listen to the humble-yet-talented UK native, perform some of his well-known hits such as ‘Budapest’ and ‘Blame It On Me’ as well as tracks from his new album Staying at Tamara’s.

Opening act choice was superb, with Eves Karydas performing mostly original tracks, plus a well-loved cover of Kylie Minogue- a wise choice for this Australian crowd. Eves herself spoke highly of the main act, as people anticipated to catch a glimpse of the laid-back performer, before his arrival on stage.

Kicking straight into gear, his voice wowed with tracks such as ‘Don’t Matter Now’ & ‘Get Away’.

gezraEzra’s anecdotes between songs had the crowd engaged, as this cheeky and modest Bristol boy told stories of his travels, which is obviously becoming the main inspiration for his work. At only 25 years of age his life experience is extensive, which becomes crystal clear in the delivery of his music; the lyrics and raw emotions conveyed, whether happy or sweet, truly bring the listener to a different place.

It is rare to find a performer who sounds equally as good (if not better) on stage as they do in the studio. The high energy delivery from performer and band left a real impression, as the feeling of an indoor-party developed.

At the break before the encore it became clear that Ezra had his audience enthralled, with chants, stomping and tears for the guitarist/vocalist to finish off the set coming from around the theatre. This is a show to not be missed, even for those who only know the hits.

Reviewed by Kirra Hussey