“Keep your head up. Keep your heart strong.” (Ben Howard)
Dusk on Friday night overlooking the city was stunning. Set high up on an unforgiving hill is Alexandra Palace, better known as Ally Pally to its locals. The singer song-writer, Ben Howard, played 3 nights at this prestigious venue. I have been excited to see him again, ever since back in 2013 at the Queen Elizabeth Park when he smashed it. His unique tone and rhythmic instrumentals have shot him to fame, with huge success from the record Every Kingdom. However, disappointment wafted through the air as he began the gig. A packed crowd were static as he performed in an introvert manner, as if it was merely a rehearsal. The lack of engagement with the crowd meant that the audience appeared to lose interest. Visiting the toilets during an unknown song, I encountered hundreds of gig goers talking amongst themselves. Never a good sign at a concert. Despite Ben Howard having such a big crowd, it was obvious that many left before the encore. One member of my party did, unlucky for her she missed the best bits of the gig when Ben performed The Wolves to an elated audience. To conclude, this concert was around the average mark. As a suggestion to the English lad, he would be better perceived if he stuck to his crowd winning formulaic tunes which create the buzz and atmosphere required in such a massive venue.