Review: Richard Hawley at Hull City Hall
IN CASE you weren't aware, Richard Hawley is a big deal.
And so was the last date of his UK tour at Hull City Hall.
After a long and illustrious career, the Sheffield troubadour has been on countless nomination lists, including the Mercury Music Prize and the Brit Awards.
He is also well-known for his opinions, although on Tuesday night, he was sick of talking. He said: "All I want to do is play music, is that alright?"
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The crowd certainly didn't mind and he launched into a powerful set as the spotlights bounced off his 1950s black spectacles.
Starting with one of his latest tracks – Standing On The Sky's Edge – the audience were quickly sucked into a vortex, where only his mesmerising vocal existed.
Guitar change after guitar change, he commanded the stage in a black leather jacket and flicked his Brylcreemed black quiff.
He told the audience he was "on acid" when he wrote songs in the past and the crowd chuckled as he blasted out Don't Stare At The Sun.
Hawley and his four-piece band fired through Lonely Night, Seek It and Run For Me, before the highlights of the night – Open Up Your Door and the spine-tingling There's A Storm Coming.
The audience swelled and Hawley said it "wasn't bad for a Tuesday night in Hull" before engaging in a bit of football banter.
He started to discuss the Government and dedicated I'm On Nights to the brave steel workers, like his father, which resulted in cheers. He bowed out to The Ocean and praised his fans for supporting him once again, saying: "Thank you so much for making my last concert the best."