We braved the cool evening temps and descended on Fowler’s Live recently to bear witness to British solo artist Lewis Watson’s first Adelaide gig since March 2015. With pedals (admittedly no pedal board), killer touring band and primo support acts in tow, Watson played hits from album’s past as well as tracks from his new album, midnight.
Melbourne based musician Mark Waters kicked off the evening with some soulful beats and heartfelt tunes. The indie artist commanded the stage (and our attention) as he skilfully guided us through an emotionally charged set. The singer/songwriter set the tone for an intimate gig with his honest lyrics and captivating stage presence. From tear jerking lyrics in Dreams to the more upbeat Daisy, Waters immediately garnered the attention of those arriving at the venue. An enduring whistling solo commanded the crowd’s attention and drew everyone in closer in what was an impressive display of both lung capacity and musical ability.
Dynamic duo turned terrific trio, Winterbourne, took to the Fowler’s Live stage as the second support act of the night. The Sydney lads garnered attention from fans through their busking escapades over the past five years. Despite foreshadowing technical issues that left the opening number without an acoustic guitar, Winterbourne shone through with their infectious personalities, quick wit and incredible tunes. The addition of recent member Joshua Rea saw an element of cello and a new dimension to the band, who returned to Adelaide for the first time since their Porch Session in February. Winterbourne and Lewis Watson fans alike were engaged from the get-go, particularly as they played their self professed 'smash hit single', Steady My Bones. Playing brand new tracks as well as covers from their Youtube channel, Winterbourne set the stage perfectly for Watson’s return to Adelaide shores, two years on from his last Australian tour.
Despite enduring technical difficulties that saw the crowd bear witness to the tragic death of the deck as it exploded mid-set, Lewis Watson’s set left nothing to be desired. Always the professional, Watson connected with the crowd thanks to his typically British apologetic nature, contagious smile and obvious musical talent.
Often times lost in his own songs, Watson performed tracks from his recently released album, midnight, as well as fan favourites from previous records. The gig saw acoustic sing-a-longs and electrifying band sets, as Watson played a range of captivating and often emotional tunes. With all eyes set firmly on the stage, the crowd were more than willing to play choir as Watson played a small acoustic set including oldie-but-a-goodie tracks, Bones and Halo. Wrapping up the night with an intimate moment among the crowd, Watson took to the floor with his guitar to play a cover of Made Up Love Song #43, as we once again sang backing vocals before departing the floor and concluding the show.
Following the release in March, midnight came to life on the Fowler’s Live stage. Be sure to check it out here for a glimpse of the next generation of Lewis Watson.