Ah the Troxy! One of the best music venues in the UK. It’s hosted many a star over the years … the Stereophonics, New Order and even Vera Lynn! It’s perfectly carpeted floors (still one of the stranger features of any venue), its amazing acoustics and most importantly the 20 minute trip from my house.

The perfect complement to the incredible talents of Mr Richard Hawley.

The gig started beautifully with the title track from his latest album “Standing at the Sky’s Edge”. The entire 6:39 minutes was the perfect way to introduce any neutral to the talents of Richard Hawley and the incredible ending to the song had the crowd demanding more.

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His constant interaction with the audience was a joy. “I wrote this song while flying kites on acid” was how he introduced “Don’t Stare at the Sun”.

It got better and better. Between a few of the slower songs Hawley inserted “Leave Your Body Behind You”. I’ve always thought this is the best track on the album and it would appear most of the audience agreed. It was greeted with rapturous applause. Hawley responded with “that was alright wasn’t it?”

The highlight of the evening though was the second only live performance of “There’s a Storm Comin.” (from the False Lights from the Land EP). The entire audience stood with mouths open, all realising that they were seeing something extremely special. It was certainly my music highlight of the year, so far.

Hawley is probably one of the most underrated performers in the UK. His albums are legendary and I’m happy to say that this performance matched them.

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