Cosmo Pyke proves he is ready for the big stage
Written by Karan Teli
I was excited to be attending my first ever show at The Garage; a venue in Highbury that I have come to learn is quite prestigious and has homed many great artists, such as rap and grime legends Talib Kweli and Wiley.
I was excited to be seeing Cosmo Pyke; he had come a long way since I first saw him in the Nikes video, all the way to headlining his own show, on the back of his ‘Just Cosmo’ EP.
After gaining access to the show, the first thing that hit me was the bright purple lights shining the stage and more importantly, the intimacy of the venue. Small papers all over the wall stating ‘SOLD OUT’ were clear as day. As the venue got busier, with people eagerly waiting for Cosmo Pyke, his opening act, who was listed on the billing simply as ‘Tara’ took centre stage with her band, turquoise dress with the Palace jacket to match.
Previously on Instagram, she let her followers know how big a moment this was for her, stating that she was performing for her ‘best friend’ at The Garage on 31.01.18. She did not disappoint anyone in attendance. Throughout her intimate 30 or so minutes on stage, Tara performed some deep, yet upbeat jazz cuts, which in a way, perfectly suited the feel and vibe of the room. Shoutout to her band too, especially the trumpet player. He had a minute solo that had the whole room, Tara included, going crazy. Her performance and ownership of the stage; a stage that she was clearly proud to be on for sure gained her some new fans, including this very writer.
A 45 minutes break ensued; guests mingled, got drinks, talked all things music and Cosmo Pyke. Typical, everyday concert antics. We all know the vibe and excitement of concerts, eagerly waiting for the artist you’ve been waiting 2 hours for to appear.
Right on time, Cosmo Pyke took centre stage. The venue was perfect for him. He started off performing 2 songs from his upcoming EP. ‘It got delayed because of my Grandmother’s passing. This is for her’ he told the crowd before going into After School Club, a fan favourite. There’s no question; Cosmo Pyke has the ability and fan base to perform on a bigger stage. The Garage was perfect though. Intimacy and emotion is a huge part of Cosmo’s music and what resonates with his listeners. His performance at The Garage, particularly of songs like Chronic Sunshine and Wish You Were Gone had half the crowd singing with joy, while the other half were mesmerised by everything from the lights to the vocals.
The sold out show, consisting of just over 600 people (by an eye test) was a success. Cosmo is scheduled to perform at Electric Ballroom in March 2018, in what I imagine to be a sold out show. I’m looking forward to seeing him again, and hopefully Tara too.