Review: John Grant

Velvet-voiced singer John Grant had his audience in church-like reverence at Latitude Festival.The American – formerly of alt rock band The Czars – brought silence to the circus-like tent of the BBC Radio 6 Music Stage yesterday.

Tackling stark and personal subjects in his songs – including homophobia in his home country and drug addiction – he bared his soul.

And to rapturous applause from the audience, he revealed a grateful smile after his opening number.

Songs from debut solo album Queen of Denmark – including I Wanna Go To Marz – were beautiful in their honest minimalism.

And the harsh electro beats of tracks from 2013's Pale Green Ghosts had the audience nodding along.

Black Belt – 'a song about being a sore loser' – was infectious to the point that people were dancing.

He dedicated a track to 'gays living in Russia right now', in solidarity with them. Warmly accepted by Henham Park festival-goers for being himself, the tender relationship between John Grant and his fans showed its strength again.

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