Glasgow born, Tom Walker returned with another sell-out performance. While in the process of his UK tour, he headed to Glasgow to round it all up, “what a night to end it here in Glasgow.” He has been compared as Scotland’s Ed Sheeran as he rakes up streams of Spotify, with his track “Leave A Light On” recently hit a massive 54 Million Plays on Spotify, Tom showed his home crowd what he had to offer.
The support act warmed up the crowd, solo guitarist The Beach performed an acoustic set before leaving the stage for Tom and his three-piece band. Starting the night with ‘Be Myself’, one of his favourite tracks to play live, and ‘Heartland’. Opening the show with the energetic tracks got the crowd kick-started listening to the rhythm and sound.
Oran Mor’s small and chilled out setting was a great venue for the gig, the room fully packed with eager fans to hear Tom’s original, unique vocals. From the moment he started you knew you were in for a treat. It was refreshing to hear a performance so like the sound of their tracks, band and singer delivering a five-star performance.
The crowd continued to enjoy the performance with new tracks ‘Fly Away with Me’ and ‘Dominoes’ appreciating a calming piano solo taking you to the heart of the song.
Most gigs now you see the crowd on their phones videoing or taking photos, this didn’t happen. The sold-out show was full of fans who were there to see him and hear his sound, joining in with their favourite tracks.
Heart jerking ‘Cry out’, moved the crowd as he said he, “thought I’d lost someone in my life.” Before getting the crowd energetic again, showing off his raspy vocals with ‘Sun Goes Down’ and ‘Karma’. Performing in a close-up venue you can see the expression on his face putting in everything to the performance and the passion he has for music.
Before performing ‘Blessings’, he managed to add in a hit out towards British airways expressing his anger for running over his old guitar, when travelling back to the UK from Zurich.
Tom has a laid-back approach to gigs, interacting with the crowd like they are just people, not a room full of people paying to see him. He was enjoying it as much as them, saying it was a “massive achievement for me to have this many people in a room in Scotland”.
Ending the night with one of his most popular tracks ‘Leave the light on’. The audience enjoying the song, Tom basking in the moment, as the whole crowd used their phone to light up the room.
It is an exciting year for Tom and fans, with his soon to be released debut album ‘What a Time to be Alive’. He will be back in Glasgow for the first night of the TRNSMT festival, heading the King Tuts Stage, along with Pale Waves, Marmozets and many more. As well as heading to the USA for his headline tour in August.