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Jamie T @ Victoria Warehouse review – Festival feels in the middle of November

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Featured image and gallery: Georgina Hurdsfield

Coming out of what seems like an everlasting hibernation, Jamie T is back with a recently released album and a UK tour to back it.

It is a warm and well deserved welcome back as 3,600 people cram into Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse. After releasing one of the best indie records of the year, The Theory of Whatever, we were ready to hear these long-awaited new Jamie T tracks live, as well as the classics.

Opening with ‘Brand New Bass Guitar’, it was clear Jamie T had been well missed as the crowd sang one of Jamie’s earlier tracks right back at him. Playing the song solo with just himself and his guitar, it was an intimate opening to the show and he looked right at home on stage after a five year break.

With the first three songs being from his earliest work, when he went into ‘90s Cars’ from his latest release, it was clear the new album was just as well received as the earlier records. ‘A Million & One New Ways To Die’ clearly being a fan-favourite from the new album.

‘Rabbit Hole’ and Don’t You Find’ transported us back to summer 2015 when ‘Carry On The Grudge’ was having its festival season tour, making us feel nostalgic over loves lost and found, something Jamie T is rather good at.

The atmosphere in the venue was euphoric as fans danced and moshed in a carefree trance. Pints were flying and mosh pits were formed, it felt like we were at a summer festival in the middle of November.

There was something magical about hearing the older tracks live such as the classic ‘Shelia’ and ‘Sticks n Stones’ as the whole crowd sung back the lyrics word for word and climbed atop each other’s shoulders. ‘Zombie’ ended the gig on an ultimate high.

Jamie T is timeless and clearly not going anywhere soon, although he may disappear for periods of time, he will always come back stronger. We’re hoping to see Jamie T on an array of festival line-ups this summer to give us something to look forward to as this night has left us wanting more but still fully satisfied.

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Georgina Hurdsfield

Masters student in Psychological Wellbeing in Clinical Practice at Manchester Metropolitan University. Keen photographer and music enthusiast.

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