I last seen George Ezra back in 2015 when he took to the main stage at Electric Picnic, so I was excited to see him again in a much more intimate setting like Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.
He opened with one of his lesser known singles Cassy O‘ to ease the crowd in, and after catching his breath he announced that he was going to trial some unreleased new material and launched in to new song Get Away. It was a catchy number that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on his debut album Wanted on voyage. He stopped between songs to tell anecdotes about the writing process for the new material and where the inspiration came from, which included hiring an Airbnb and getting away from his unrelenting touring schedule by spending time in the likes of Barcelona.
The set was a near even mix between newer material and hits from Wanted on voyage which kept the crowd happy. In particular I liked one of his newly aired songs Pretty smiling people, It’s a little bit more rock and roll than his usual tracks and it really got the crowd going. Fan favorites Barcelona and Did you hear the rain made a welcome appearance but it was Blame it on me that unsurprisingly brought the house down, I couldn’t hear him over the crowd chanting. He had an extended band with him for the whole show including a brass section which really made a lot of the songs pop in such an intimate setting.
Although he was on form and the songs sounded great, the length of the gig was a big negative for me. He was on and off stage again in just under one hour including his one song encore of Barcelona. Something that is generally unheard of for someone of his standing, lets hope the rest of the dates on his tour get a bit more bang for their buck.