• Maria Galea


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O2 Forum Kentish Town

The O2 Forum Kentish Town is slowly filling up ahead of tonight’s gig featuring JP Cooper. Hailing from Manchester, JP Cooper is an up and coming talent, signing a record deal with Island Records only last year. He’s got two EPs and has enjoyed success in recent months by collaborating with Jonas Blue on Perfect Strangers. His latest single, September Song is out now and tonight its performance will be live streamed on Facebook.

The first song of the night is a simple acoustic version of Colour Me In Gold – an interesting choice to start the lineup. For September Song, the band performs a piano acoustic version, which goes down extremely well with the audience.

He starts to chat more in between songs and is amazed at the Forum’s vibe: “you guys are amazing and I haven’t even released an album yet”.

At this point, he introduces his band. They seem well rehearsed and a tight group as they acknowledge each other during performances. His next song is an experimental version of what we are usually used to. The drummer makes use of an electronic drum pad and Cooper shows off his mastery in some nice vibrato. Before performing the hit Perfect Strangers, he thanks his fans for sticking by him. This makes it easier for him to collaborate and experiment with different songs and sounds. Everyone is dancing and singing along.

It seems that our headliner for the night not only has serious talent but is extremely down to earth. In between his pitch perfect vocals and soulful songs, he chats personal stories. He recalls how music has helped him get through dark times and that people’s positive messages encourage him to write more.

Despite having yet released no LP, as he keeps reminding us throughout the evening, JP Cooper is definitely on the right track. It’s obvious that he’s got an authentic fanbase ready for his debut album. He delivers a fantastic, soulful, perfect performance that leaves the audience only wanting more.

Maria Galea

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