Latitude: Paolo Nutini review
I’D come to Latitude a Paolo Nutini novice, unable to put even a track to his name.
Prejudice - rather harshly - had him down in my head as a nondescript, middle-of-the-road singer-songwriter, the kind you’re likely to hear in the aisles of an orange-dominated do-it-yourself store.
But - trying to put my preconceptions aside - logic told me such an act would not get a top billing without having something about them.
After all they had bagged the top slot on the biggest stage at the festival’s key night, Saturday.
First impressions were this Scottish-born, Italian-looking (there were plenty of “Marry Me!” shouts from women and a few from some sarcastic males) is a confident, accomplished performer.
Armed with an acoustic guitar, a fine backing band and a superb, gravelly voice, his repertoire flits between love songs and romping bluesy numbers.
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It left his audience swaying and looking longingly at the stage or bopping around energetically. Indeed at one point the Oblesik Arena resembled a 1950s dance hall.
But unfortunately there were too many low-key numbers, all far too similar.
There were glimpses of what would have made a good Saturday night set, but not enough to be convincing.
Maybe Nutini is just not headline material?