By the time James Bay took to the stage, the final day of Electric Picnic was in full swing. The epitome of sing-along festival anthems, his music is known by even the casual listener. And how could it not be, with a platinum selling single and his debut album ‘Chaos and the Calm’ reaching number one both in the UK and US, he is a familiar favourite. The title perfectly sums up the current state of things; his voice creating a serene calm amidst festival chaos.
It’s a very chilled atmosphere at a very busy main stage for this time of day. James’ voice is melodic and haunting, attracting avid listeners to the arena. It’s one of those magical laid back performances where everyone is appreciating the moment. Despite it being the middle of the day, songs like ‘Let it Go’ prove to be a cigarette lighter raised moment, where everyone grabs the person next to them to wave their hands in unison.
James Bay is the perfect festival performer, a mix between the sultry, laid back tones of James Morrison but with the hyped energy of Chris Martin. With screams of adoration echoing through the crowd, he performs relentlessly enjoying it as much as we are. Adding in a cover of ‘Rolling in the River’, we sing back as loud as we can embracing the energy and breaking into a dance. An absolutely stunning rendition of his famous ‘Hold Back the River’ closed the show, bringing an end to what was a superb show.
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