Kip Moore, Cadogan Hall London
Last night, Thursday 30th May, Kip Moore closed a run of sold out acoustic tour dates at Cadogan Hall, London. With support offered by the brilliant Jillian Jacqueline the night had all the makings of a fantastic show and it more than lived up to expectations.
This was the first time I had been to Cadogan Hall and I can certainly recommend the venue to anyone else who might find themselves there. The 950 capacity venue is currently the permanent home of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and seemed to fit the intimate styling of the evening nicely.
My night started with a media meet and greet - very surreal! I have had the pleasure of interviewing Kip previously (take a look here if you haven't already read it) and he came across last night how he came across back then, a big-hearted, humble artist who cares deeply about the music he and his band create. I will hopefully be able to follow up with a new full-length interview shortly so do keep an eye out!
For those of you who don't already know the name Jillian Jacqueline, trust me when I say that you are certainly missing out. She is an incredibly talented gem of an artist and delivered a compelling set last night. Alongside husband Bryan she led the audience through songs such as Priorities, If I Were You and Hate Me amongst others, showcasing her strong vocals and general song-writing. The highlight of the set for me has to be the highly emotive God Bless This Mess, a song I had fallen in love with upon it's first release but hadn't been able to hear live until tonight. Jillian performed the song effortlessly (despite getting emotional when introducing it!) and it was certainly a distinct pleasure to finally get to hear it live. If you've yet to see Jillian live (or just want to see another set) she is playing a headlining show in London tomorrow night before she heads back to the US - don't miss out!
The solo figure of Kip was greeted by rapturous applause as he took the stage after a short interval. Opening with Bittersweet Company, Kip proved from the offset what a talent he truly is. An acoustic set-up such as this (particularly with a large part of the set played completely on his own) offers nowhere to hide but Kip rose to the challenge and the audience were fully behind him throughout. The set-list itself offered an interesting mix of old and new, with newer favourites such as Plead The Fifth and It Ain't California blended with older tracks like Faith When I Fall and Reckless, all of which were incredibly well received. With some tracks performed alongside his band the Slowhearts (who, it should be said, are undoubtedly impressively talented musicians) and some tracks performed as solos, Kip also introduced some songs that fans wouldn't necessarily have had the opportunity to hear in a full arena style show, the acoustic format offering the opportunity to hear more stripped back versions of your favourite songs - it was great to hear one of my personal favourites Last Shot live! Something that also stood out for me was the great arrangement of Magic - I'd love to hear that formally released!
I have hoped to see Kip announce an acoustic tour for a number of years now and last night left me feeling incredibly impressed. I truly can't say enough about how brilliant the evening was, one of the best country concerts I have ever been to without a doubt. Kip is an artist who continues to deliver great music and a brilliant live show and interacts with the audience very comfortably, with his passion for his music coming across strongly. He clearly (happily) feels a connection with the UK audiences and has already announced that he will be bringing his full tour back over here in September. I certainly hope we get to see him return time and time again!