King Tuts, Glasgow
King Tuts has always been my one of my favourite venues due to the amazing sound quality, and last nights gig was no exception.
The only supporting act of the night was a young, acoustic singer/songwriter by the name of “Imaginary Friend”. The 30 minute set consisted of songs from his most recent EP, including Chasing Ghosts and his newest song, Fire Escape. The clearly talented songwriter had the audience in awe throughout most of his performance, with his effortless vocals and relateable song lyrics that created a very calming atmosphere throughout most of the room. After explaining it was only his first time in Scotland, Imaginary friend performed a really great acoustic cover of the Frank Sinatra hit, “Fly Me To The Moon” which allowed many of the crowd to quietly sing along. The final song performed was “I Knew This Would Be Love” before he then thanked the crowd and left the stage. This guy has a real raw talent and his laid back performance was really refreshing. He also had a great stage presence, making many of the crowd laugh several times throughout his set.
Next up was Kina Grannis to perform the second date in her latest tour for the release of her newest album, “Stairwells”. Opening songs, “The One You Say Goodnight To” and “Cambridge” were a great choice, with so many of the crowd singing and clapping along, helping to create an overall cheerful, relaxing atmosphere. An amazing acoustic cover of ”Oops I did It Again” by Britney Spears was a clear hit with the crowd, and by providing personal anecdotes about many of her songs, she had the majority of the audience hanging off her every word. Following on in the 60 minute set, a few more original songs were performed, including “In Your Arms”, “This Far” and “Heart In Mind”. And despite forgetting the words at one point, the audience simply laughed and cheered as Grannis continued onto the chorus. Finally “Valentine” and “The Goldfish Song” were also performed towards the end of the set before the final song ”Message From Your Heart” was sung, which Grannis explained, was written in 2007, at the beginning of her career. And by unplugging the guitar and stepping, barefoot, away from the mic, she successfully had the entire room in complete awe throughout the song. It was really electrifying and very refreshing to hear the japanese/american guitarist step out of her shyness ,that was seen during the beginning of her performance, to finally perform in her element and really enjoy herself.
After leaving the stage with cheers from the audience, Grannis returned once again to perform an encore consisting of a clearly popular song, “It’s Love” before bringing Imaginary friend back on stage to perform a cover of “Fix You” by Coldplay, along with Keith Tutt II, the backing vocalist on the night. The three musicians are clearly very talented and have an evident passion for both their music and performing. It was a really great night and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves throughout the entire gig.