Concert Review: Arijit Singh, Live in UK

Concert Review: Arijit Singh, Live in UK

There are some artists who it seems are born for the stage to entertain large crowds of people and singer Arijit Singh certainly falls in that category.

The popular Bollywood crooner with an array of musical chart-toppers under his belt is no stranger to UK audiences, having performed in London and other cities over the years. However, what made his ‘Arijit Singh: Live in Concert’ across UK and Europe this weekend extra special was that it came after an exceptionally long wait. The show was among the high-profile stage performances that suffered from the pandemic effect, with forced cancellations over 2020 and 2021.

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The singer himself suffered from Covid earlier this year and hence when he told his audiences at the OVO Wembley Arena in London on May 2 that “it’s great to be here like this”, it definitely meant more than just words.

He began with a rather unassuming rendition ‘Tum Hi Ho’ from the film ‘Aashiqui 2’, tinkling the piano under a beam of light. The arena packed full of diaspora audiences went into a frenzy the moment he hit his first of several high notes.

From that simple start with one of his biggest hits, he went into a veritable machine-mode, delivering song after song with barely enough time to switch his guitars or the many instruments he excels at. From the mellow numbers ‘Agar Tum Saath Ho’ and ‘Raabta’ to the more dancing beats which had him jumping along on stage as well, the audience was left shrieking and swooning under the confetti that would burst out at regular intervals.

Very ably backed up by his talented band of musicians, covering a wide range of instruments including the sarangi, flute and drums, Arijit proved he is unmatched when it comes to live performances.

Organised by Rock On Music, the concert series covered the Netherlands and Birmingham ahead of the London show and the reports from all over were similar. As one fan enthusiastically declared: “He’s a human song machine!”

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