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C2C REVIEW: Tenille Townes – The O2, London

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Tenille Townes
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What a huge opportunity this was for fast-rising Canadian star Tenille Townes to properly make her mark on the huge C2C crowd. An opening slot at The O2, giving her a platform to let loose with her full-band arena show, and let us know what she’s really about as a performer.

Gone was the innocent, vulnerable artist we’ve come to know from her stripped-back acoustic performances in the UK to date. Here was a new, feisty Tenille Townes who’s blossomed into a top-class master of stagecraft, oozing charisma and charm. Her songs take on a totally new life with a full band backing; something we’ll hopefully see more of in the future.

Tenille Townes

Tenille’s performance of the Glenn Miller/Etta James classic “At Last” grabbed the attention of The O2 crowd in style; an opportunity to showcase those unique vocal gymnastics and the power of her delivery. She makes it totally her own, and delivers it with such confidence.

There was also an explosive cover of Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” a chance for the band to have a bit of fun and rock up proceedings. Tenille’s versatility is so impressive; she sounds equally as suited to a heavy rock tune as she does with something like “I Kept The Roses” – such a natural performer.

Tenille Townes

Tenille’s recent releases really are top-drawer, and sounded sublime in a live setting. “Girl Who Didn’t Care” was one of the finest releases of 2021, and we also loved the vulnerable “When’s It Gonna Happen,” a gorgeous perspective of someone waiting for that special moment in life when you meet ‘the one.’

Both were highlights, alongside the stunning “Jersey On The Wall,” one of the best examples of country song writing you’ll ever find. Not only is Tenille an all-round performer – it’s her song writing that really packs a punch, and time and time again she continues to release songs which are a cut above the rest in terms of songcraft.

Tenille Townes
Credit: Luke Dyson

Of course, Tenille ended her set with her country radio hit, “Somebody’s Daughter,” which seems to have struck a chord with people far and wide. A great singalong moment that ended her set on a real high.

This was an accomplished, energetic set from one of country music’s hottest new prospects. With an ever-growing collection of quality material and a stage presence worthy of any arena, the sky is the limit for Tenille, and we can’t wait to welcome her back to the UK later this year.

Set List:

  1. White Horse
  2. Where You Are
  3. Jersey On The Wall
  4. At Last
  5. When’s It Gonna Happen
  6. I Kept The Roses
  7. Girl Who Didn’t Care
  8. Holding Out For The One
  9. I Hate Myself For Loving You (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts cover)
  10. Somebody’s Daughter

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