Louis Tomlinson took to the stage at Scala in London for a pretty special gig in aid of War Child UK, as part of BRITS week.
Even donating all proceeds from the sale of a one-off Tshirt sold at the event to the cause.
Support came from unsigned act Only The Poets, who got the crowd singing along to their songs, including Ceasefire. Think it’s fair to say by the end of their set the band have found themselves with a fair few new fans, including the main man Mr Louis Tomlinson who watched the set from the balcony with his team.
By the time Louis took to the stage just after 9 pm, the crowd were more than ready for it. He opened with his first solo single Just Hold On, a far rockier version than the original which he did with Steve Aoki, and we have to say we love this version just as much.
The show was even more special as it was Louis’s first headline show, with full a set. as a solo artist. For the entire ten-song setlist he owned the stage completely as if he’d been performing on his own his entire life and not spent his formative years in one of the worlds biggest boybands honing his craft.
He did give a nod to his One Direction days by singing Little Black Dress, causing the crowd to lose it.
Interestingly though it was some of Louis’s own solo material that drew the mass sing-alongs from the fans. Habit, Defenceless, Two of Us and Too Young were some of the stand out moments.
From the moment he stepped on the stage he had the crowd in the palm of his hand, the atmosphere electric, every word sang back to him, chants of “Always You” a nod to one of his album tracks. The love and support for him from those watching was something even none fans could feel.
With this gig Louis has triumphantly gone from the last member of 1D to release a solo album to Louis Tomlinson, singer and lyricist who seeing him perform live in a small and intimate venue like Scala is something anyone who is a music fan should strive to tick off their gig list. As it’s a proper gig, no gimmicks. Just Louis and his band singing songs that mean so much to so many people.
With tracks like Kill My Mind which was made to be sung at festivals and venues like this, Louis Tomlinson has found his home on stage and looks so happy and comfortable there that his energy is infectious and it makes for an extremely memorable gig.
Louis will be heading out on a world tour in March, some dates are already sold out but you can get all the info here.
Let us know your thoughts about the gig and if you’re going to see Louis on tour at @CelebMix!