REVIEW: Passenger @ Brighton Dome, 19/11/16

The Verse’s Georgia Nicolaou shares her thoughts on Passenger’s gig at the Brighton Dome on the 19th November.

In a month that saw Brighton battered with Storm Angus and what seems like endless torrential rain and cold, Passenger playing at the Brighton Dome was all that was needed to warm me up.

Having never been to the Dome before, I was pleasantly surprised at how classy and big it was; it even has a mezzanine!

Opening Passenger was Gregory Alan Isakov, from Colarado, USA. The crowd, including myself, absolutely loved him. With a husky voice that melted everyone’s core, Isakov sung himself through a half an hour set with just his guitar and to be honest, that was all he needed. Granted, not many people were there to witness Isakov but those who did, like myself, will forever remember his voice and go see him when he comes back to the UK with his band next year. Telling jokes half way through, his accent was on par with his singing. Singing about love, loss and his travels Isakov was a perfect opening act for Passenger.

As soon as the half hour interval was over between Isakov and Passenger, the Dome was thriving with people eagerly anticipating this amazing headliner. The audience ranged from children to older adults. This was very surprising as you would imagine Passenger to have a bunch of teenage girls in his audience but I was actually sitting next to a big group of beer drinking lads and behind a middle-aged couple who danced to every single number.

Native Brightoner, Passenger (real name: Michael Rosenberg) came on and was greeted with a thunderous applause. Opening with ‘Somebody’s Love,’ I fell in love with his lighting set and of course, his dreamy voice which seems to be so much better in person. He continued for half an hour singing happy, upbeat songs, which had the audience singing and dancing along.

Passenger then surprised everyone by ditching his band saying he likes going back to his ‘roots’ singing with just him and his guitar, like he used to do when he busked outside the Dome. He proved not only to be a talented singer but quite the comedian, too, telling the audience about his Great Busking Adventure across Europe, which inspired him to write one of my favourite songs of his: ‘Travelling Alone.’ This track was written about two people who experience a different sort of loss but still suffer the same fate of ‘Travelling Alone’ and it definitely pulls on your heartstrings.

Welcoming his band back, Passenger then went on to sing the song that changed his life: ‘Let Her Go,’ which of course, everyone knew the words to and had a great time singing along to. Passenger was perfect at getting the crowd riled up with his amazing guitar solos and interactive songs such as, ‘I Hate,’ which is about everything he hates… Of course.

Overall, Passenger at the Dome was amazing. If you haven’t ever listened to Passenger, I would highly recommend you do and if you do listen to him and haven’t seen him and his band live, do!

Photo: Jarrad Seng

The Verse Staff

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