Yorkshire singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich scorched the Academy 2’s walls this evening as his sizzling set triggered the venue’s fire alarms.
Not even the possibility of death was enough to deter Leftwich and his fans as both parties ignored the hiccup and continued to flourish in one another’s company.
The 22-year-old, who has been compared to Damien Rice and José González, has been writing music since the age of ten – something that comes across in his mature blend of lyrics and melody. His soothing voice inspires screams and adoration from the female members of the audience as Leftwich jumps into his debut album Last Smoke before the Snowstorm.
The Manchester Academy 2 has attracted visitors from across the nation as a mixture of Geordie, Scouse, Mancunian and Irish accents voice their affection for current single Pictures.
There’s a jaunty feel in the air tonight as BFL’s guitaring is confident and his vocals caressed the crowd. His persona creeps into a charming as he seems to hypnotise the watchers with debut single Box of Stones. It was mesmerising; the backing band provided a perfect pairing.
Shine, Butterfly Culture and 1904 encapsulated the Academy and had the members chanting for more. Although Leftwich poses the ability to create a genuine affair, with his fans engrossed in his simply splendid stage spirit, the night yearned for variation. Variation in the form of a second album.
As Atlas Hands and Stole You Away ring through the Oxford Road sanctuary, there’s room for flexibility to allow the artist to explore and expand his set list. If this White Rose builds upon his positive debut LP then his sophomore effort should result in a spectacular affair.