With the soul of James Brown & the sex appeal of James Morrison, it’s difficult not to love Paolo Nutini. He uses romanticism in his appeal to tease his mostly-female crowd lusting after him in every number more than its predecessor. He definitely knows the right strings to pull, giving them his undivided attention, cheeky Italian grin amid the occassional Van Morrisonish Squeal… throw in a few words in his very Scottish accent and, it’s clear to see, he certainly knows how to get the ladies swooning. The emotion in the set is almost too much for even the loved-up couples. And the setting could not be more perfect. A beautiful sound. A beautiful garden. Both award winning, to boot.

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Nutini oozes charm and, a kind of, down-to-earthness, happily signing autographs for fans stage-front and draping one fans’ South African flag over the drum kit nearing the end of his performance. He works the bed-hair look, the guitar and the keyboard like nobodies business, and his casual denim outfit (complete with tan leather ankle boots) certainly had some boys planning their next shop on Superbalist.com.

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With a full brass band and breathtaking gospel vocals behind Nutini, he starts out with a few slowies from his latest album Caustic Love, his voice is raw and his look is ragged. He sings with true untouched emotion yet is masculine enough to get the attention of critics. His voice is nothing short of triumphant in the ever-groovy opening number Scream (Funk My Life Up), Better Man and Cherry Blossom (which stuck in my head as the most memorable number of the evening).

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He makes the ladies swoon once more in well-known numbers like Pencil full of lead, Jenny Don’t be Hasty and Last Request – during its emotional acoustic rendition during the encore set. I must say – though I was a little taken a back by it, I certainly enjoyed his cover of MGMT’s Time To Pretend.

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I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I wouldn’t mind seeing the Scot live again very soon in the future. 

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Words – Jeanne Koutandos
Photo’s – Demitrie Koutandos

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