Review: Cian Ducrot at O2 City Hall Newcastle
Cian Ducrot is a name that I would imagine has been heard if you are up to date with your music. This Irish star is making waves and came to O2 City Hall Newcastle for the second gig UK leg of his Victory Tour.
Cian came to prominence to me last year. Albeit late compared to anyone that uses Tik Tok or YouTube more than I do. Famous for his flash mob outburst of original song backed by a wonderful choir. These made for trending posts on social media and brought him to prominence and certainly got my attention.
Only eight months ago Cian played the Newcastle University Student Union to a packed out crowd. A gig I regretted not going to (see a review from our friends at Music News Monthly), since then he has also supported Ed Sheeran. Now tonight he was playing a sold out gig at the O2 City Hall Newcastle.
Playing his album Victory he belted out fifteen tracks through the gig. If you’ve read about this album you will know how deeply personal it is to him and his journey. This album shows that Ducrot isn’t an overnight social media star, he has worked a long time and put his feelings, emotions and life out there for all to bear.
Coming out to a rapturous applause and anticipation and kicked off with the self titled track from the album Victory. Only three songs in and Ducrot made his way off stage and into the crowd to belt out hit Heaven. Surrounded by aspiring fans he was mobbed with care which allowed to give out a wonderful rendition.
Later on prior to ‘Part of Me’ Ducrot tells of a recent loss and how they’ll be in his thoughts. I could mention other highlights throughout the gig of which there were many for me but each and everyone was met with the same love and attention from the audience and Ducrot performed each and everyone with emotion and energy as the other. This is not to say it was monotone in any way – it meant that you could see eveything was given its maximum on each.
Ducrot is a singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist which is shown off throughout. His voice is strong, powerful and emotive. It’s hard not to be captivated by this singer and the crowd loved and showed appreciation taking over song lyrics at times to sing back to Ducrot, clapping and showing a love for this artists music. His songs are emotive and for anyone that listens to his music will no doubt find their own connection to these songs.
The tour continues;
15-Nov-23 Nottingham Rock City
17-Nov-23 Sheffield O2 Academy
18-Nov-23 Birmingham O2 Academy
20-Nov-23 Brighton Dome
21-Nov-23 London Eventim Apollo
22-Nov-23 Norwich UEA LCR
26-Nov-23 Bristol O2 Academy
28-Nov-23 Southampton O2 Guildhall29-Nov-23 Manchester Academy
7-Dec-23 Belfast Ulster Hall
8-Dec-23 Belfast Ulster Hall
photo credit: DWeddlePhotography