Dermot Kennedy delivers an unforgettable night at Leeds First Direct Arena! There are artists whose music connects with their audience on a truly personal level, so much so that, even in arenas like this one, with tens of thousands of fans, it feels like you’re getting your own individual performance.

One of those artists is Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy and, looking around this crowd during his eighteen-song set, you can imagine every single person here is feeling that he is performing just for them.

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Now, you’d be right to expect a slight loss of that intimacy inside rooms that have very little atmosphere, but, as Kennedy delivers each of his billion-streaming hits like “Better Days” and set-closer “Something To Someone,” none of that emotional power is lost. In fact, quite the opposite, and coupled with the large video screens that tower over the solo artist, it makes for a truly unforgettable experience.

Since the release of his incredible new album, Sonder, scenes like this have been replicated across the UK, out into mainland Europe and beyond. The world has very much fallen under the spell of the Irish singer-songwriter, and, having experienced his magic firsthand, and, it’s easy to see why.


I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.