Saturday 16 December 2017

Fans disappointed by Howard gig

Ben Howard on stage at the iTunes Festival in London
Ben Howard on stage at the iTunes Festival in London

Ben Howard left fans wanting more, after his performance at the 2014 iTunes Festival.

The Brit-winning folk-influenced singer's performance was overshadowed by what was missing rather than remembered for what was included after the 27-year-old made the bold move of solely playing songs from his upcoming as-yet-unreleased album I Forgot Where We Were, leaving audiences restlessly waiting for the hits that made his name, such as Wolves, Only Love and Keep Your Head Up.

The songs' absence made for an awkward finish when the crowd at London's Roundhouse waited up to 15 minutes for an encore that never arrived.

Fan Nicole Wallington said on Twitter: "I've never been so disappointed by a gig. A set of all new songs? Ben Howard what happened to the classics?"

Tom Harrison tweeted: "Really disappointed with Ben Howard tonight, new stuff that no one had heard, no old stuff and a very abrupt ending...!"

Ben's unique vocal tone, alongside his adept band, made for an enchanting hour showcasing the musical and lyrical brilliance of his second album, which will be released on October 20.

End Of The Affair, previewed In his latest EP The Burgh Island, lifted the audience in a stand-out moment of the concert.

Stuart Williams said afterwards: "Ben Howard was incredible! Heard his brand new album! No old songs but who cares!"

Supporting act and newcomers Hozier were greeted with rapturous applause after a rousing set that climaxed with their new hit, Take Me To Church.

Mary J Blige, Kylie Minogue, Lenny Kravitz and Ed Sheeran will take to the stage at the month-long festival in the coming days, before Placido Domingo closes the event on September 30.

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