Nicole Deckers, a Year 2 Music Business student was given the chance by BIMM Berlin to see BRIT award winner and BIMM alumnus George Ezra live and on stage in Berlin for the second time. Here she tells us how Ezra incorporates storytelling into his shows – and how he never fails to lift the audience’s mood.
For the last few years, going to concerts has been one of my favourite things to do. Back in Colombia, I didn’t have the chance to go to as many concerts as I do here in Berlin. Having the opportunity to see artists that I love on stage is something that I’ll never tire of. And somehow, it’s also a learning experience for me; I see a variety of genres and performances, and I get to witness how different musicians interact with the crowd.
Last October, I went to see George Ezra for the first time in the Verti Music Hall. I was really amazed by how he can take the audience through his stories about his own journey with music. After that show, I knew that if he came back to Berlin, I would have to see him live once more.
And on May 6th, 2019, BIMM gave me the opportunity to attend George Ezra’s show in the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.
This time, he took the show to the next level. Starting with his amazing support band, Hot 8, (a brass band from New Orleans), my mood instantly lifted as soon as I stepped into the venue. And when the show opened with ‘Don’t Matter Now’, his band welcomed Ezra on stage. The first thing I noticed when he got on stage was his big, bright smile – and it lasted the whole concert.
The light designs for the show were also unbelievable. The stage had three big windows in the back and the lights would shine as if the sun was coming through. In ‘Hold My Girl’, and ‘Leaving It Up To You’, there were lanterns all across the room, creating a sense of magic in the venue.
Between songs, Ezra would take the audience to many different countries he has been to through his stories, such as South Africa, Sweden, Hungary and Spain. He’s so great at storytelling and engaging with the audience. Even though the show was an hour and a half, I could have stayed for much longer just hearing his stories and watching him perform.
Throughout the whole show, his performance radiated positive energy and it was very clear he enjoyed every second of being on stage doing what he loves. Everyone in the audience was dancing and smiling, especially in the last songs.
One of the things that I enjoy most about seeing George Ezra live is how honest and authentic he is. As soon as he starts performing, I can always tell that he values the opportunities he’s had and that he’s incredibly grateful for every single person in the audience.
I’m really thankful to BIMM for giving me the opportunity to go to this concert. I honestly can’t wait to see him live again. It’s always a great evening and no matter how I’m feeling beforehand, I end up leaving with a smile.
Written by Nicole Deckers