On what could only be described as a rather chilly evening in April, a large crowd was gathering outside the Portsmouth Pyramids centre. All eagerly anticipating the music of one extremely talented musician, Newton Faulkner (real name Sam Newton Battenburg Faulkner).
Since the release of his fifth album ‘Human love’, the singer has been touring the U.K debuting his new material. His appearance looked somewhat more clean shaven, maintaining the signature dreadlocks but in a small neat bun with shaved sides. As soon as Newton graced the stage, the audience went crazy. Opening with ‘to the light’ from his debut album, the crowd soon joined in singing along with gusto. ‘I need something’ followed from the album ‘hand built by robots‘, which again caused quite a stir from the crowd. Pretty much everybody had their hands in the air belting out the lyrics.
After these two songs Newton introduced his drummer and keys player as the two Toby’s. He began playing ‘A step in the right direction’ from his new album. The title track, ‘Human love‘, had the crowd moving once again to its reggae beat. He showed off his impeccable guitar skills before merging into the song ‘teardrop’, which stunned the audience into a complete state of awe.
Then came something completely different. A Justin Bieber cover song ‘Sorry’, definitely the last thing the crowd would have been expecting to hear. He pulled it off and the crowd were loving it, dancing and singing along.
After this performance came even more highlights such as ‘Dream catch me‘ and ‘up up and away‘, which is from the album ‘Human love‘. This song featured Hawaiian backing vocals. Then came a dance competition, of which the prize was two crazy golf tickets. This all took place to the song ‘passing planes’, another track from the new album. Lots of cowbells and spanish guitar made this song a real crowd pleaser.
All in all it was a great show which was received with obvious appreciation from the audience from start to finish.
Article and photography by Hannah Mesquitta