Mac Ayres at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

Two months ago we sent out a Tweet without any real objective praying that Mac Ayres would come to the UK, we weren't expecting him to reply telling us he'd be performing in London in January. Maybe we should start sending wishes out to the Universe about our favourite overseas artists more often.

On support duties for the evening was the wonderful Yazmin Lacey who sang with the refined and understated elegance of someone who had been selling out arenas for years. Finishing up on the title track of her 2017 EP 'Black Moon', the tone was set perfectly for an evening brimming with soul.

Next up was the man of the evening Mac Ayres who instantly won the sold out crowd over by opening up with 'Calvins Joint', a fan favourite from his incredible 2017 album 'Drive Slow'. Having said that, one of the main takeaways from the evening was just how many great tracks he has. Every track was met with whoops of delight from the crowd and whether it was a recent release off his album or an old Soundcloud relic, people throughout the venue could be heard singing along.

Having recorded many of his tracks in his bedroom we were keen to see how they would translate to a live set up and it worked perfectly with the sax adding a new flavour to a number of tracks and the drums allowing every record o bang to its full potential. Set highlights for us included one of our favourite tracks from 2017 'Lonely' and also 'Show Me' which featured a blistering drum solo from the mighty talented Chris Anderson.

It was flawless set from one of our favourite artists at the moment and we only hope he returns to the UK again soon.

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