LIVE: HP Connected Music: John Newman @ Cafe De Paris, West End
Endearing Stage Presence
In what seems like an era of shy pop-stars, this guy gleams very brightly; John Newman smashed London’s glitzy Café de Paris in association with HP Connected Music.
With velvet decorated walls and chandelier covered ceilings, John Newman performed at what could be his most glamorous venue to date. The 23 year-old however is no stranger to limelight since rocketing to fame last year. Having collaborated with good friends Rudimental and being nominated for a BRIT, John proved to the London crowd why he deserves his success.
Opening with his album title track ‘Tribute’, John burst onto the stage and quickly presented us with his infectious moves. Wearing black shoes and white socks, Newman danced around as though he was almost channelling a slightly less smooth Michael Jackson. With his bleached quiff now totally out of place and bobbing around his head, it was evident this is a guy with endearing stage presence.
Looking emotional, John took it down tempo briefly halfway through his set with breakup song ‘Out Of My Head’, but quickly brought the intimate venue back to life with edgier number ‘Day One’.
He then went on to talk about writing ‘Gold Dust’ with Rudimental “I wrote this in a bedroom with a good friend about another friend not having a good time”. And although the underlying message to John’s songs is often one of sadness, the Motown set up and camaraderie he exudes gives Newman the unique ability to deliver his heartache in the form of celebration. Not a soul seemed sad as he met the audience to sing his biggest hit ‘Love Me Again’, and neither did John.