“Some days are better than others,” said George Ezra, contrasting this evening, when he played a jubilant show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, with the day before, when he accidentally got into the shower with his socks on.
In truth there have been far more good days than bad for the Hertford singer-songwriter this year. His debut album, Wanted on Voyage, has become one of the annual handful that makes camp in the top 10 and doesn’t budge for months, and his next tour, set for February, this week sold all 16,000 tickets in 10 minutes. If his probable rivals for the Brits Best Male award next year — Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran — have grabbed more of the attention, this happy-go-lucky joker with the “Good girls go to heaven” T-shirt is probably having more fun.
In concert he offered simple pleasures — a well-plucked guitar and a rumbling voice that filled the room. A promised “choir” was just four backing singers, and he charmed just as capably completely alone for Barcelona.
The warm crowd really came to life for Budapest, another one about the travels of this enthusiastic interrailer, a shuffling singalong tune so simple that it’s hard to believe it didn’t already exist.
An amusing cover of Girls Just Want to Have Fun reinforced Ezra’s sense of humour but stressed that this newcomer needs a few more great songs of his own to fill a much longer set.
They’ll come — he’s got the right attitude for plenty more better days.
February 20, O2 Academy Brixton, SW9 (0844 477 2000,o2academybrixton.co.uk)