Tom Walker’s “I Am” tour rolled into Leeds last night 29/04/2024, bringing a wave of soulful energy and catchy melodies to Leeds Academy. Opening for Tom Walker was the up-and-coming artist Kingfishr, who provided a warm and captivating prelude to the main event.

Kingfishr, armed with guitars and captivating vocals, captivated the audience with their blend of folk and indie influences. Their songs, filled with introspective lyrics and soulful melodies, created an intimate atmosphere that perfectly set the stage for Walker’s arrival. Kingfishr’s performance was a clear indication of an artist on the rise, and the enthusiastic applause they received hinted at a promising future.

As the stage lights the energy shifted. Tom Walker emerged, a confident and charismatic figure, and the crowd erupted in cheers. Throughout the set, Walker effortlessly captivated the audience, his soulful vocals soaring effortlessly over the tight grooves laid down by his band.

The setlist was a perfect blend of fan favorites and deeper cuts from his impressive catalogue. Hits like “Just You and I,” and “Better Half of Me” had the entire venue singing along, creating a joyous and communal atmosphere. But Walker also showcased his versatility, performing heartfelt ballads like “Angels” and “Fly Away with Me” that showcased the emotional depth of his music.

Kingfishr Photo Copyright © Jo Forrest

One of the highlights of the show was Walker’s exceptional stage presence. He effortlessly interacts with the audience, sharing stories and anecdotes between songs. His genuine connection with the crowd added a layer of intimacy to the performance and further solidified his reputation as a captivating live performer. For the encore, Walker returned to the stage for a stripped-down rendition of his breakout hit, “Leave a Light On,” sending the crowd home with a lingering sense of warmth and togetherness.

Tom Walker’s “I Am” tour lives up to its name. It’s a powerful declaration of his artistic identity and a celebration of his connection with his fans. Kingfishr provided an impressive opening act, and the entire night served as a testament to the exciting talent emerging in the music scene. If you have the chance to catch this tour, don’t miss it!

Tom Walker Photo Copyright © Jo Forrest

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