Londoner Lucy Rose opens the show with her blend of rather energetic pop. Swaying from side to side with a beaming smile on her face, her music is infectious and catchy, very much helped by the thumping drum beat. Surrounded by her band of musicians, it’s not long before she shows off her own musical versatility by picking up a guitar and playing along, then moving to the piano. It’s a little concerning that she doesn’t interact with the crowd much, other than saying “thank you” after each piece and nor does she introduce any of the tracks she performs, which is unusual. Able to mix heavier and more acoustic songs together in a tight blend, she earns strong applause from the constantly growing audience and by the time she exits, she’s certainly warmed them up for the main event.
More than 15 years after they started out, Counting Crows prove they’re still going strong before they even begin their set – as the lights go down, the cheers and applause echo around the entire venue. From there, front-man Adam and the band all but hold the crowd in the palm of their hand, from opener ‘Round Here’, which provides evidence of Adam’s great vocal abilities through to their cover of Teenage Fanclub’s ‘Start Again’. Taking a minute or two to chat with their audience, the group entwine humorous banter with musical demonstrations, while holding out the microphone during ‘Omaha’ results in a huge sing-along. Newer fans of the band delight when they throw in their cover of ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ and scores of arms wave from side to side during ‘A Long December’. After nineteen songs, the lights dim for a while before a 3 song encore sees ‘Holiday In Spain’ round out the show to an almost deafening cheer.