Paolo’s First Arena Performance

“Paolo Nutini was at the Metro Radio Arena to debut his biggest UK tour yet, and he left no-one in any doubt of the talent and charisma which got him there”
(James Harrison, The Journal)

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“From the pulsating beats of opening song Scream (Funk My Life Up), to the beautifully crafted new arrangements of popular sing-alongs such as Pencil Full of Lead , the 27-year-old was relentless in pleasing his loyal following”
(Mark Thompson, Hartlepool Mail)

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“Paolo Nutini delivered a stunning set to a sell-out crowd at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena…….he thanked everyone for coming to see him since ‘he’s never played in an arena before’ and judging by the audience’s reaction I’m sure his days of playing smaller venues are over”
(Sarah Jeffery, The Chronicle)

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Paolo played his first arena gig last night at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. Stunning, flawless, amazing, fantastic, brilliant, sensational, pure talent, magnificent-just a few of the words fans used to describe the sold out performance.

 

 

Paolo performing his award winning track “Iron Sky”

 

Crowd favorite “Pencil Full of Lead”

 

Closing song “Last Request”

 

Soak it in, Paolo. You deserve all the accolades and all the love!

Review: Paolo Nutini kicks his tour off on Tyneside in style

 

Getting a gig right isn’t easy.

There’s a fine art to making sure everyone hears their favourite songs and still gets a unique experience.

But for Scottish songster Paolo Nutini this is not an issue – every live song gets an individual treatment.

Kicking off his biggest UK tour yet at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, the reigning GQ Man of the Year weaved just the right blend with a set list that rose and fell with the crowd almost perfectly.

Bowling onto stage he launched straight into radio favourite Scream (Funk My Life Up), from third and latest album, Caustic Love, and instantly had the sell-out crowd on their feet.

He then slowed things down for a couple of soulful renditions of stock album tracks before ramping up the tempo once again with Jenny Don’t Be Hasty, from his debut long-player, These Streets.

This wasn’t the radio track everyone knew and loved though, this was a great big stadium rock treatment of his modern classic.

Nutini is a natural showman – a troubadour for the 21 century – bounding across the stage like a man possessed and swinging his microphone around like a young Mick Jagger.

His cheeky-chappy personality shone throughout and when he dedicated a song to his mum, it prompted the obligatory chorus of “awww”.

Nutini is blessed with a special and unmistakeable voice that soaks every word in his signature and very natural charisma.

And when he dismissed his band to sing fan favourite These Streets solo, it was a joy to hear in its unadulterated form.

It also had every voice in the house belting out what must be one of his best known and best loved songs in an Arena chorus.

After that, the Paisley-born 27-year-old had a canter through some album tracks until he arrived at another fan favourite, Pencil Full of Lead.

Anyone familiar with the song will know it as a jaunty trumpet led number but here he gave another stadium rock, guitar driven treatment that went down a storm.

By the time he got to wrapping things up with Last Request everyone in the arena was left in no doubt that they had seen something special.

It was a show that delivered something for everyone – from the quiet and understated in Better Man to the brash exuberance of Scream.

And although the atmosphere did go slightly flat on one or two occasions it was quickly rescued.

Overall, Nutini gave Tyneside a night to remember and hopefully he’ll be back sooner rather than later.

The Journal

October, 25, 2014

Review: Paolo Nutini at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

October 25, 2014  Chronicle Live

Paolo Nutini delivered a stunning set to a sell-out crowd at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena

Paolo Nutini performs at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Paolo Nutini performs at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Eight years ago I crammed into the O2 Academy 2 to see a virtually unknown Scottish singer based on the release of his debut album, These Streets, and was blown away.

From that moment I knew Paolo Nutuni was a talented musician and can still remember the shy teenager hiding behind his microphone stand, but tonight a totally different singer stepped onto the stage.

Even though he is not a dynamic performer and still spent much of his time draped over this microphone stand, Nutini delivered a stunning set of tracks covering all three of his albums.

Backed by an eight-piece band, with a brass section and a gospel backing singer, he kicked off his UK tour in style.

The sell-out crowd screamed and cheered as he opened with hit single Scream (Funk My Life Up), which was quickly followed by Let Me Down Easy both from his recent album Caustic Love.

Both of these tracks demonstrated the passion and power in Nutini’s soulful voice and this continued with Coming Up Easy and Alloway Grove,

At times Nutini seemed overwhelmed when the crowd started singing his songs and he thanked everyone for coming to see him since ‘he’s never played in an arena before’ and judging by the audience’s reaction I’m sure his days of playing smaller venues are over.

Early on in the set Nutini repackaged his classic hits, Jenny Don’t Be Hasty and New Shoes, into a new-wave-influenced medley which was a clever re-working but if I’m honest I prefer the originals.

Next up was These Streets, which was accompanied by home video footage from Paolo’s childhood in Paisley, which added to the poignancy of the lyrics as that’s where it all began for him.

Nutini then returned to Caustic Love and performed Diana, Looking for Something and Better Man, as well as the up-tempo Cherry Blossom. This seemed to unleash the ‘inner Paolo’ as he started dancing and swinging his microphone.

Every track was full of emotion, especially his lament to long-distance love, No Other Way. But the most powerful performance was his new track Iron Sky, especially when it boomed Charlie Chaplin’s speech from The Great Dictator across the arena.

By the end of the show Nutini had the crowd wanting more and he didn’t disappoint. Several minutes after leaving the stage, he reappeared for a three-song encore including Candy and a stripped back acoustic performance of Last Request. The perfect way to end a perfect gig.

REVIEW: Paolo Nutini w/ Phox @ Marathon Music Works

Paolo Nutini
w/ Phox
Marathon Music Works; Nashville, TN
October 6, 2014

Review by Philip Obenschain (@pobenschain). Photos by Mary-Beth Blankenship.

For the first time in five years, Scottish soul sensation Paolo Nutini made his way to Music City, in support of his fantastic third album, Caustic Love. And, if that weren’t enough, Wisconsin’s Phox, a band we’ve been obsessing over since first discovering them late last year, and whose eponymous debut album seems destined to catapult them to superstardom, were tapped to open. Of course, after telling you about the show for weeks, we were there to take it all in. Read on for a recap of the fun night, and take a look at some wonderful photos from the performance!


Phox

No Country has been repping Phox since they first came onto our radar last fall, landing an opening spot for one of our favorite acts, Blitzen Trapper, at Mercy Lounge. And, while I personally was not in attendance at that outing, I distinctly remember spinning their tunes ahead of it, and falling immediately in love with their folky, indie pop sound and the haunting, breathtaking vocals of frontwoman Monica Martin. Circumstance led me to miss their recent headlining Nashville date as well, though the amount of buzz surrounding it made me all the more eager and determined to check them out this time around; in fact, they were an even greater pull for me than Paolo, and, undoubtedly, managed to exceed my lofty expectations.

While I love the space, the sound in Marathon Music Works can sometimes be tricky, especially for bands that are very loud or very quiet. Fortunately, Phox fall somewhere in the middle, and their dense, precise, and endlessly melodic sound filled the room with a pleasantness and a captivating quality few bands who have graced the Marathon stage can boast. Quickly blazing through selections from their debut album, the group played a near-perfect set, despite the fact that there seemed to be some disconnect between their audience and the hardcore Paolo Nutini fans (read: college-y fan girls and young professionals, rather than the hipper, indie blogosphere crowd that Phox would likely best appeal to). In fact, my only gripe is that they didn’t play longer, and that I couldn’t make my way closer, but I’ll take what I can get. Phox are, unequivocally, one of the best new artists making music today, and all signs point to their continued and expedited growth; check them out while you can still see them in small spaces, because that won’t be the case for long.

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Austin City Limits Festival 2014

Paolo Nutini Meets Fans, Talks ‘Caustic Love’ & Influences at Austin City Limits

Mark Sundstrom, October 5, 2014

Fuse chats with fans of the Scottish soul-pop singer at his ACL Fest autograph signing, then talk to the man himself about his latest album and being compared to legends

On location at the Waterloo Autograph Tent at Austin City Limits Fest, Esteban Serrano caught up with not just UK soul-pop star Paolo Nutini, but his biggest fans, too!

We found out exactly why a few of Paolo’s fans were so excited to meet the singer, including one couple who say they have his music to thank for their initial spark. “The first songs he played on the guitar for me were Paolo songs,” one fan told us while looking at her boyfriend. Another fan first saw Nutini at ACL in 2007 and has been waiting for his return. “His voice is just so sexy!”

Excited to meet his fans, Nutini confided to Fuse before the signing, “You just hope people are gonna’ turn up.” And turn up they did. Before signing countless autographs, the singer explained the title and theme of his Caustic Love album, which dropped earlier this year. “Human on human love, romantic love – It can wash over all your defense mechanisms and leave you vulnerable,” says Nutini.

As an admirere in line to meet Paolo told us, it’s the singer’s deep, soulful (and sexy) voice that draws in fans, so we wanted to know who his musical influences were. “The first thing I put on… was my grandfather’s Drifters records. When I was about 5 years old, I put the needle on the vinyl and on came Ben E. King,” says Nutini. “It was all the old Stax [records], all the old Motown, all these five-part vocal groups; [The] Coasters, [The] Flamingos, [The] Platters – It was what I liked!”

Considering his influences, it’s no wonder Paolo’s soulful, bluesy voice is often compared to music legends of the past. Paolo is flattered but a bit apprehensive saying, “You can never live up to that, you know? You just take it with a pinch of salt.”

Paolo Nutini goes full-on church

Scottish singer Paolo Nutini performs on the Samsung Galaxy Stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. TINA PHAN / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

There are plenty of reasons to envy Paolo “New Shoes” Nutini, but playing with the Texas sun as a spotlight — even on an abnormally mild ACL Fest Friday — can’t be easy. Still, face to face with fiery solar fury, Nutini mangaed to shine, playing inoffensive soulful pop made to be filed somewhere between Motown and Jack Johnson. The Scottish singer pens the type of fest-friendly fare all but guaranteed to satisfy old and young, and the guy can obviously sing. Even in less than ideal conditions, Nutini’s vocals impressed. But the set wasn’t without its duller moments.

The bad: The jammy, sprawling takes on some songs seemed to overstay their welcome, especially on slower tunes where he occasionally lost the crowd’s full attention.

The good: When things went full-on church, with gospel-schooled rock, backing brass from the band and Nutini getting all soulful and on the verge of screaming — drenched in sweat, shirt all-but-entirely unbuttoned and craddling the microphone — it was like a whole different show. In those moments, Nutini turned the crowd’s attention away from chitchat and smartphone screens to the main event. See for example the driving build up of “Pencil Full of Lead,” which set the up-front audience swaying until it boiled over into a rare instance of day dancing.

Nutini’s set marked the first sign I saw today of that real festival crowd sprawl, where the previously divided layers of crowd start to merge. Diehards pushed up and hunkered down for the hours-away headliners, standers nearly backed up to chair-bringers, and wise sun-fearing folks took refuge in the shade of fences and trees next to the row of porta-potties — the whole scene seasoned with the smell of “smoke” and sunscreen in the breeze.