Paolo Nutini played live at Millennium Square in Leeds and I was there to watch with my boyfriend. When me and my boyfriends first met music was one of the topics we covered (like most people on a first date?) and we found out Paolo Nutini is an artist we both listen to a lot and really like. When he announced to come to Leeds for a gig it made sense for us to go see him live.
Live gigs at Millennium Square
Millennium Square always has something going on for the public. Food festivals, yearly light show and of course the famous German Market around Christmas. It’s rare that they have outdoors live gigs so I was surprised to see this was the venue chosen for Paolo Nutini. I guess they were hoping for a lovely summer evening and so did I. Unfortunately it was cold and windy but with good musics it’s easy to get warmed up dancing and they were serving drinks so it’s always that option to get warm.
It’s always nice with outdoor gigs as it gives you the great festival feeling and with the option of also getting street food and make use of beer tents adds to that. The acoustics at Millennium Square are great and it’s good that the square is a bit on a slant. They had positioned the stage at the lower end so that it was ok to stand far back and still see.
Paolo Nutini had two supporting acts. I had no idea that the first would be Andreya Triana who I saw only a week before for the first time when she was supporting The Cat Empire in London. Unfortunately I only heard one of her songs from the outside this time. The doors opened very early and she came on stage when we were still enjoying dinner and a pint at the pub.
The second supporting act was The Staves. I only recognised one of their songs and I do like it but the rest are very boring and slow, a bit depressing even. One of the singers even said so herself about one of the songs.
Instead, we had time to try some of the free samples of Desperados. It’s one of the best beers out there, although I’m not too keen on the new red version, Guarana Cachaca, but I never turn down free drinks.
We were standing quite far back but it gave us plenty of room to also dance to the amazing songs that Paolo Nutini sings. It’s always nice to be able to sing along to most of them and fully enjoy the performance. It felt like he sand most of the songs he has but I was still sad it had to come to an end.
He mostly sang new ones but also some of the classics. My favourite songs are “Jenny Don’t be Hasty” (surprise) and “New Shoes” and he mixed them together in a lovely, upbeat version.
I really enjoyed the light show that was going on behind him and the band on stage. It was really good and had some cool close ups of Paolo which was great so that we too were able to see him properly. If I could I’d like to be able to relive this evening, such an amazing gig!
Did you also go see Paolo Nutini at Millennium Square? If so, what did you think?