LIVE REVIEW: HUNTAR
31st May 2017
The Garage, London
The crowd cheers on as drummer Cameron Stewart-Mathews and keyboardist George Brown Griffiths take the stage. 23-year-old Huntar follows suit. He waves to the crowd and introduces himself. Tonight, Huntar is performing in front of his biggest crowd yet. This is Huntar's third headline show in London and the end of his second headline tour. Islington's The Garage is sold out with a capacity of around 600 people.
The first chords to Anyway start blaring through the speakers. The crowd starts to sing along almost instantly. The track is featured on FIFA 17 and the song is his biggest hit so far. The trio goes straight into Echo, which was released as a single a few months ago. The co-writer, Luke Fitton is in the crowd tonight. This is the first time Fitton is watching the song performed live and he loves it.
Huntar is energetic and communicating with the crowd frequently. "I'm giving 200% and you're giving 300%," he says. He plays a mix of old and new tracks. He tries out his new song, Be My Girl, a commercial-sounding summer song. This could be his best work yet. He also sings an unreleased song, My Drug. The catchy chorus sparks a call and response from the audience. The singer/producer shows off his talent in 808 and Lay Down, as they each feature a mash-up: Hotline Bling (Drake) and Turn Me On respectively (Kevin Lyttle)
Huntar is clearly humbled by the crowd's reception. The fans already love his latest single, Can’t Get Enough. He gets emotional during a stripped-back version of Blindspot. He clearly is passionate about his craft. The gig ends with the crowd making a diamond sign; a show of affection for their favourite singer.