Latitude Review: Leon Bridges

Latitude Festival 2015.Thursday arrivals day on the site at Henham Park in Suffolk.Picture: James Ba

Latitude Festival 2015.Thursday arrivals day on the site at Henham Park in Suffolk.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

My only criticisms of Leon Bridges' performance were through no fault of his own.

Firstly, he performed in the iArena, which although made for a good feel within the crowd, was far too small for the Texas-born singer.

Secondly, there were so many people there, I'm sure they would have appreciated the two big screens either side of the stage being switched on so those outside the tent could have seen a bit more.

Bridges, who is only 26, has a voice and a sound beyond his years.

His voice is goosebump inducing, and his soulful voice controlled kept the crowd wanting more.

His first album, Coming Home, was only released on June 18, and if people have not yet picked it up, following his performance many more will be.

There was an excitement in the audience as he sung, as if they were witnessing something special. And I don't think they are wrong.

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If there is a list of acts that have stolen the show this weekend, Bridges has to be a contender to take that title.

His performance was no-nonsense, and despite a backing band, he let his voice do the talking.

I don't think it's unfair to say Bridges could be the next big thing, at least in terms of male solo singers. Hopefully we'll see him on again at Latitude in the coming years.

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