REVIEW: Nathan Sykes @ Fusion Festival

Nathan Sykes Brings the perfect mix of soul, pop and romance to Fusion Festival.

Victoria from Talk About Pop Music attended one of his gigs and shares her review…

Visitors and locals descended on Otterpool Promenade, Liverpool for the two – day Fusion Festival featuring sets from : Olly Murs, Busted, The Vamps, Lawson, Ella Henderson, Jamie Lawson, DJ Fresh, Becky Hill, The Tide, Club Drive, Louis Berry, Rukhsana Merrise, Off Colour, Sub Blue, Sarah Story and DJ 2Kind.

I travelled from London to see one artist in particular a singer-songwriter Nathan Sykes and here is my review of his set:

Once in a while an artist comes along and restore your faith in the music industry. Someone who reminds us that all you need to succeed in the music game is talent, humility and drive.  The artist I am referring to is Nathan Sykes, a U.K. singer songwriter who is making waves across Europe and the United States.

With his debut album Unfinished Business due for release on November 4th, the singer has been on a relentless promotional tour across Europe and the United States.

I took the chance to see the artist perform at Fusion Festival in Liverpool. Backed by an 8 piece band, Sykes begun his set with “Kiss Me Quick”, his soulful falsetto is showcased perfectly against the powerful horn section, which is reminiscent of the swing era. Moving to “Famous” a track that covers the prickly subject of whether you still have the same friends and lovers of if you’re not famous. Again we come back to Nathan’s voice, clearly not afraid to challenge himself vocally on the live stage. He moves effortlessly through his range holding notes that few would dare to attempt on a live stage.

Moving from fame to love Sykes takes to the piano for “Over and Over Again” an open love letter to let the object of his affection know how he feels. The raw emotion in his voice hitting a cord with the crowd.

Whilst he may define his sound as “soulful pop” his songs “Twist” and “Give It Up” prove he is not afraid to step outside his comfort zone. “Twist” sounds like it could have come straight from the Motown studio with its built up intro and upbeat tempo.

Give it up is a throwback to the days of 90’s RNB and features an interpolation of the Blackstreet track “Don’t Leave Me”. The soul funk vibe to the song offsets Sykes sultry vocals. A world away from the Over and Over again, this song is in the words of the singer himself “about getting someone in to bed”.

At the end of the set, you get the sense that he is genuinely humbled by the audience. It is such humility that sets him apart from his peers and ensures that he is an artist we will be talking about from years to come.

Listen to Nathan on Spotify now…

Nathan Sykes debut album “Unfinished Business” is available to pre-order now and due for release on November 4th 2016.

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