Jack Garratt performing at London’s Heaven as part of BRITs Week 2016 together with O2, raising funds for War Child. Go to warchild.org.uk/passport for details.
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Jack Garratt performing at London’s Heaven as part of BRITs Week 2016 together with O2, raising funds for War Child. Go to warchild.org.uk/passport.
Performing solo on keyboard, guitar and drum-pad, Garratt wove tremulous electronic atmospherics, maudlin guitar and piano interludes and all-out rave segments around his soulful vocals on tracks such as 'Water' and 'Chemical'.
Declaring it "a f-ing honour to be here... it's good to be home" and finding the 1000-strong crowd response "absolutely nuts", Garratt warmed into his set, announcing "I'm finding myself now, I don't feel jet-lagged whatsoever" before the manipulated funk of 'Breathe Life'
Garratt took the opportunity to debut two songs live - first his cover of Craig David's '7 Days', first played during his recent Live Lounge appearance, and secondly the intense, tribal clubland thumper 'Fire'.
Jack took a swipe at his critics following a plaintive 'The Love You're Given', quoting one reviewer as saying "If Jack Garratt is the future of music for 2016 it's gonna be a bland year" and responding "I'd like to see that person come and do something that 'bland'".
Jack also thanks support act Vaults, before closing with the passionate falsetto soul of 'Surprise Yourself' and the blues funk 'Worry'.
The gig was part of a week-long run of shows leading up to the Brit Awards, which will see major acts play in relatively tiny venues in aid of War Child.
The week sees Coldplay playing at the IndigO2, Professor Green playing at Hackney's Oslo, Bring Me The Horizon ram the Brixton Electric and Florence + The Machine performing at St John-At-Hackney church
During his set, after what he called "a minor panic attack", Jack Garratt thanked the Brits for presenting him with their annual Critics Choice award - "it means an incredible amount to me and everyone who's won it"
"The reason it exists," he continued, name checking his fellow nominees, "is to highlight the amount of talent in the UK. This year is going to be f-ing incredible for music."
The evening ended on a jovial note, with Garratt pretending to creep offstage for an encore while playing "pantomime music" on his keyboard, and telling a squeaky-voiced crowd member to "please beware of the ferret"