Gallery: Tom Odell wows Wolverhampton

With one Brit award already in the bag and another two nominations this year there is no doubt Tom Odell is one of the up and coming stars of the UK music industry.

Gallery: Tom Odell wows Wolverhampton

Tom Odell performs at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

And last night fans were able to head to Wolverhampton's Civic Hall to catch the 23-year-old on stage.

The floppy haired star left to a standing ovation from the 2,000 inside the venue as he wowed the crowd with a combination of indie-pop, rock and jazz numbers.

Opening with hit ‘Hold Me’ the solo artist was on stage for more than an hour-and-a-half for his first performance in Wolverhampton, a place he described as a ‘wonderful city’.

And fans thought he was equally wonderful as Odell gave them a range of his vocal talents from power renditions of ‘Can’t Pretend’- that shook the walls of the Civic - to the soft melodies of ‘Grow Old With Me’ - so quiet all that could be heard were the many clicks on camera phones.

Wearing a white shirt and black skinny jeans while sat at his piano, Odell didn’t so much as tickle the ivories of the instrument but carry out a full-on assault as he hammered the keys during explosive numbers in a fashion Jerry Lee Lewis would be proud of.

Fans’ favourite ‘Another Love’ was typically impressive from Odell and only served to reinforce why he could be a big winner at next week’s Brit Awards with him nominated in the Best British Male Solo Artist and Best British Breakthrough Act categories.

Odell returned for an encore where he gave a terrific cover of the Etta James jazz classic ‘I just want to make love to you’, which brought great applause from those packed into the Civic.

Admittedly in-between songs, Odell seemed quiet, unassuming and, dare I say, lacking charisma but all this was thrown to one side as he launched into each number and that repressed character was there for all to hear in each song.

Last year at the Brits he won the critics choice award and he has secured two more nominations for 2014.

With his stock as a great live performer only set to be enhanced post-Brit Awards, Odell is becoming one of the hottest tickets in the British music industry and after last night’s show it’s easy to see why.

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