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All for one: Jamie T live in London

11 October 2016, 14:13 | Written by Georgia Ivey

Jamie T delivered a set that struck a perfect balance between nostalgia and fierce new songs in the first night of a Brixton run.

Holding complete power over the Academy, a fiery set started with "Power Over Men" from latest album Trick, making it obvious that from the off this was going to be a show that every Jamie Treays fan will store long in their musical memory box.

Hearing the crowd follow the opener with a chant of “From here to Salvador” meant only one thing; this was the moment that treasures from Treays' early albums would start to appear. Seeing friends sing to (or probably at) each other and many a beer thrown in the air were further signs that the fun had just begun. With more of a feel good festival vibe, it was easy to forget you were at a gig in London, which is precisely the Jamie T effect.

The constant drifting in and out of new and old material meant you could see the progression in his songwriting throughout the release of each album, but also the maturity of the sound within his more recent records. Songs like "Don’t You Find" from Carry On The Grudge are played at a noticeably slower pace, but were still able to keep the crowd completely wrapped in the incredible performance. It was followed by "If You Got The Money", which brought the tempo straight back up, but that feeling of togetherness, friendship and feeling that bit closer to Jamie and his band were all still there.

Never giving a half-hearted performance, Treays is very much a one man band. Although having an impeccable group of musicians behind him, the version of himself that he relays to the crowd from the stage is a personal, honest and singular one. He sings of truth and pain and acts as he feels. This is what made this show special; there was no bravado, just a guy who has told his fans stories for years and has many more to tell. It was clear to see that emotions ran high within Brixton Academy, with many fans in tears and everyone constantly moving - not one person stood still.

The last six songs of the night were definitely the ones everyone had been most anticipating; "Sheila" brought a real commotion where it seemed as though Treays had a room full of accompaniment with every fan knowing every word, and "Tinfoil Boy" quickly followed, adding attitude and fire to a set that was already untouchable.

Many people are brought together by a shared love of Jamie T's melodies, but for some it was clear his lyrics themselves have a sort of healing effect. Tonight he delivered a feeling of being unified that was unforgettable.

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