James Bay holds nothing back during Sydney stop on Chaos And The Calm tour

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#KillingIt by James Bay.

James Bay IRL is every bit as good as James Bay on the radio. We know this because we’ve now seen him play twice. (Srsly, best job in the world).

Once last year, as part of Nova’s Red Room series held at Sydney’s Paddington Uniting Church. The stone walls and ridiculously high ceilings made for great acoustics, and the limited crowd numbers made for ‘#intimate brought to you by James Bay’.


And then last night, we helped ourselves to seconds, attending the Sydney stop on his Chaos And The Calm tour. Held at Hordern Pavilion, the sold-out show had an audience - just throwing a number out here now - five times the size of his Red Room performance. Somehow, however, James still managed to give every single person in the room that same #intimate concert feel we had previously experienced.JAMES BAY

Standing in front of the crowd in his signature black hat and skinny jeans, his guitar strapped around his shoulder, James commanded the audience song-after-song. The 25-year-old Brit’s voice was raw and powerful, and we were completely captivated from beginning ‘til end. At one point, he even began one of his tracks, the upbeat Best Fake Smile, with a crowd sing-a-long. I mean, talk about an interactive performance.

Despite being disappointed he hadn’t played our fave Hold Back The River, James' energy had rubbed off on us, and we were positively buzzing when he left the stage. However, it only took a few minutes of the crowd’s chanting “Encore, encore” to bring him running back. Three more tracks, including the one we'd been waiting to hear all night, and then James was well and truly out. 'Til next time.

Don't believe he's as good IRL? Here's him singing in Nova's Red Room...

Written By Sangeeta Kocharekar