First proper gig of the year…well…kind of.. I’m at Leeds O2 for James Arthur, the chap who won the X-Factor but in a fairly un x- factory way. Judging by the success of this tour doing the competition was definitely a good strategic move. Covers might not be his thing but performing them on Saturday night telly for millions of viewers has ultimately enabled him to be here, doing his own stuff, to a sold out decent sized venue including tons of over excited girls.
However…lets start with his support…Tich, AKA Rachel Furner, from Northampton. No reason to mention that except I can’t remember the last time I was able to give Northampton a name check…I never did get to photograph Bauhaus. Anyhow she was lovely, less goth rock more Lilly Allen and following the same kind of conversational story-telling style. You couldn’t help but like her really – kept apologising as she sorted out her keyboard with the sound guys, her outfit kept slipping but she carried on regardless. Very pretty, bubbly personality…and I really warmed to her, as did the audience.
If Tich fits the girl-next-door label then James Arthur would definitely by the boy in the neighbouring semi although he does look slightly more packaged coming out of the x-factor than he did going in. As you’d expect, the girls were all screaming. He explained he was just doing his own stuff, which is all on the new album but honestly they couldn’t have cared less as he went along the front touching as many hands as he could reach. He does seem like a lovely guy though and there was a genuine connection with the fans as he chatted between songs.
Overall there was a smiley happy mood through the whole night, even from me…as you can see the lights were on long enough for me to get some decent shots in. A lot of parents had brought their kids and there was nothing for them to feel uncomfortable about. Needles to say then…not really my first choice of a rockin’ good night but great for the fans and James Arthur is definitely right where he’s always wanted to be. Now then…Bauhaus…maybe they’re planning to re-form for a return tour. Another return tour that is. With goth rock you’re never too old…