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Tom Walker Puts on Spellbinding Performance at Leeds O2 Academy

Tom Walker puts on a mesmerizing show in front of a sold-out crowd at Leeds O2 Academy. Check out the photos and review here…



Tom Walker live at Leeds O2 Academy
Tom Walker, photo by Graham Finney Photography

Singer-songwriter Tom Walker maybe best known to many for his megahit single “Leave A Light On” but for those who have been in the company of the songwriter for even just one evening will testify that there is plenty more to his talents than just that hit single.

This current run of dates comes in support of his yet-to-be-released new album I Am and features a slew of tracks from his eagerly-awaited on second album. Supporting Tom on this run of dates, are Irish folk rock band Kingfishr who, by the time the band are telling tales of the police turning up on their doorstep, are impossible to dislike. Their infectious personalities, catchy songs and just generally happy with life demeanour are a huge hit with this packed out venue.

Returning back to my opening, I’ve been lucky enough to see tonight’s headliner a number of times and found him absolutely mesmerizing. Tonight was no different but, what I wasn’t expecting was for Tom to have turned into a fully-fledged rock god! Pulling poses that would put Lenny Kravitz to shame, the Tom of 2024 not only pulls on the heartstrings with his emotional songs but proved that he can ROCK!

Of course, the roof gets raised for “Leave A Light On” but song after song, Walker delivers a haunting set. Even when pulling out a Rock God guitar solo, the mood is still dramatic and haunting. Judging by the likes of “Holy Ghost” taken from his upcoming new album, this next chapter in his story is going to send his value through the roof and while it’s awesome to hear these songs in the intimate confines of mid-sized Academy venues, there should be no concern that the warmth, emotion and passion dripping from his music would be lost if he were to step up to Arenas.

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.