George Ezra – OVO Hydro Glasgow, 26th September 2022
Hertfordshire’s multi-platinum selling pop icon returns to the OVO Hydro on his Gold Rush Kid tour. The city of Glasgow, vibrant as ever under the glow of the autumn sunset, the Hydro illuminated under the evening sky as the gathering crowds queued to enter the venue. The singer attracts a wide age range with his pop and soul style of music. George working his way through the Glasgow venues from the legendary King Tuts now on to the Hydro, leaving his mark across the city, as his fan base steadily grows.
The support band this evening comes from touring support from South Africa Beatenberg with a sound that resonates the great Paul Simon from his Graceland album, capturing he echoes of this in their own way. They really set the mood with their foot tapping style of music, a perfect opening band before George Ezra takes to the stage.
As the venue fills, it is getting close to welcoming George Ezra back, the atmosphere is electric within the venue as the lights went down the stage light up, giving the illusion of an old theatre with the bright red curtain illuminating the large backdrop screens, the intro music played Tom Jones It’s Not Unusual before George Ezra’s band started making their way on to the stage, the noise level within the venue hit 10 when the first sighting of their hero was seen walking on to the vast OVO Hydro stage.
Opening the show with Anyone for You (Tiger Lily) from his latest album Gold Rush Kid before delighting the Glasgow audience with the classic Casey O’, the audience singing along and waving to Casey O’ from their seats and the standing area in front of the stage, George interacted throughout the song, waving to the crowd which was immediately reciprocated. This was going to be one big party in Glasgow, George giving a hint to the running setlist for the evening with some old, firm favourites and a few hidden gems from his second album Staying at Tamara’s , delighting the audience to the track Get Away from the album.
The venue was buzzing, singing and dancing to the words and music from the legend standing in front of them backed by his seven-piece band. The huge stage was light up with amazing lights and images projected onto the rear backdrop amplified the stature and the music from George Ezra. The title track had the venue in full voice Gold Rush Kid had the young fans standing there hypnotised by their hero on stage, the older members of the audience were having the time of their lives, singing along to hits like Pretty Shining People, Barcelona, Did you Hear the Rain and Hold My Girl.
George was enjoying himself as could be seen by his interactions between him and the Glasgow audience, treating them to Manila and the massive sing a long to recent single Green, Green Grass. The set was just exploding now with the big hits, the audience knew it was getting close to the end of the set. George delighted them with the epic Paradise before closing the set with the awesome Budapest that had the audience in full voice, as the song closed George and the band left the stage to a massive round of applause, as the lights dimmed the electric atmosphere was at fever pitch hoping their hero would return for a few more songs.
After a very short break George returned to the stage to the delight his loving fans with a two-song encore starting with Dance All Over Me before closing the amazing set with the epic Shotgun that had the fans in full voice, tonight was a night to remember, this was clearly felt by the band and George as they stood looking out into the crowd, they had a fantastic show. This was mirrored in the faces of the fans pulling themselves together after what was an amazing night of music. This was indeed a night to remember for most of them and some of them just witnessed the best show of their lives. George came, he entertained, he left his mark in the heads of his growing number of fans. This was certainly entertainment at its very best.
Review and Photographs by James Edmond