Festivals are brilliant for exposing yourself to new music I’m learning, as if this wasn’t obvious already. While the open-air scene is thriving by the Radio One Stage and a little to the right Labrinth is on the Main Stage front and centre, there are some extremely exciting indoor adventures happening at T in the Park this year, too.
After taking a walk to see the Parma Violets (a band as well as a sweetie – who knew?) I successfully managed to avoid the fast food junctions intending to swiftly return to my desk because, apparently, leaving your tech in a media tent you only encountered that day is unadvisable… That was until a sweet, husky voice caught my attention passing the King Tuts Wah Wah Hut. Jack Savoretti’s nonetheless.
Standing in the sheltered field, my ears were graced with what I can only describe as a voice as close to perfection as humanity gets. Unlike artists currently dominating the pop charts, Savoretti’s vocals are rustic and occasionally out of key which only add to his beauty- I mean, uh, his beautiful vocals. He fondly reminds me of a young Bruce Springsteen when his voice cackles during those long notes, tugging on the heartstrings. Not long after I’d walked in he introduced his band to the crowd, four men, from all corners of the world: Brazil, Copenhagen, Ireland and England. Then of course there is Savoretti himself, an English-Italian combination made in Heaven, I assume. This worldly band fuse perfectly together, it’s a wonder how they all managed to find one another. But that doesn’t matter now, they’re in Scotland right where we need them.
Unfortunately, I only got there on time to catch the last two songs of this set at T in the Park this year. A large crowd had stayed along till the end of the ride but nowhere near as big as Savoretti’s band deserves. I managed to catch ‘Changes’, a beautiful ballad played on the acoustic guitar with drums and bass. This seemed to be a crowd pleaser as many a set of arms were flung into the air on the big notes. Following this, they played their closing number which I believe to be ‘Not Worthy’ – a hit not taken from his new album Written in Scars.
Savorettti has been around longer than you’d expect for someone in T’s coveted King Tuts Wah Wah Tent. Having produced three albums in his career, I spent some time listening over his previous recordings after encountering him. I can confirm that while his vocals are exquisite on the album they are not a patch on the full-body experience he throws you into during a live concert.