This year I'm making a concerted effort to see much more live music, as I've been pretty slack at doing so over the last couple of years. My girlfriend Emily and I recently went to see King Charles at Gloucester Guildhall. We've seen King Charles three times in the past and he's a great performer with a very distinctive voice and great guitar riffs. I first discovered him when he collaborated with Mumford and Sons on The Brightest Lights and his first album LoveBlood quickly became one of my all time favourites. As he did last year, he did a 28 date tour of the UK, each date in February, which I think is cool, but must be exhausting!
King Charles played some of his new tracks at the Gloucester gig, which had a different sound to his earlier music and sounded great. Mid-way through the set, he said that he had finished recording his second album the day before embarking on his epic February tour. He has recorded the first album in Hollywood and the second in Devon, produced by his friend Marcus Mumford. He then said "would you like to welcome Marcus to the stage to help sing it with me" and there was a small cheer, partly because it wasn't a hugely busy crowd and partly because I imagine a lot of people, like us, thought ht was joking! To our absolute delight, Marcus appeared on stage and performed two awesome new King Charles tracks, followed by a further on stage collaboration during the encore. You can check out a recording from the show below, but unfortunately the sound quality is pretty terrible in the video, despite being spot on at the gig.
This gig was definitely up there with one of the best I've ever been to, with the appearance of Marcus adding to the awesomeness of what was already a very enjoyable night! I haven't seen a release date for the new King Charles album yet, but I hope it comes out very soon. Add to that the recent announcement of a new Mumford and Sons album being released soon, means I have a lot of fantastic new music to look forward to over the next few weeks.