On the small stage of the cramped and somewhat sweaty Sneaky Pete's, Jordan Allen perform their first ever Edinburgh gig. Jordan Allen are a neo-folk/pop band from Manchester. Allen's charisma captivates his whole audience, even those whom he acknowledges have never heard his music before. Allen ushers the small audience to move closer in towards the stage, creating a more intimate atmosphere.
As the band passionately play their set we warm to Allen's distinctive voice and strong accent. Allen is from Bolton and his roots are strongly reflected in both his lyrics and his personality. The amount of energy the band have could have filled a much larger stage than that of Sneaky Pete's, however the grungy vibe of the venue suited them perfectly. Allen is highly interactive with his audience and clearly very keen to make sure the audience have as much energy and enthusiasm as he has. He introduces each song by its name and tells little anecdotes about Bolton nightlife and how their UK tour has gone so far. It is clear as the band continues that they all have a great appreciation for each others musical talents.
Allen brings a slightly more serious and heartwarming tone to the gig as he introduces the song '110 ways to make things better' which he reveals is about his father passing away due to a brain tumour. Yet this song certainly does not bring the mood down, the atmosphere is very uplifting. As the band begin to play 'White Lines' a tambourine is whipped out and they draw the audience even closer in. Allen jumps off the stage and comes into the audience for his guitar solo which drives the energy levels up even higher. The band introduce their new release 'Naked', encouraging the audience to put it on their Spotify playlists as they want to have more of a Scottish following. Their goal is to fully sell out their gig the next time they return to Scotland.
The band round off the gig with their hit song 'Rosie' which has the entire audience dancing and clapping in time. They come to a dramatic end with strobe lighting as they give the microphone and tambourine to the audience. Playfully inviting the audience to join them in Newcastle the follows day, they come off the stage and greet the audience and their friends who had been supportively singing along to the side throughout the gig. We hope to see Jordan Allen at an even larger and sold out venue the next time they return to Edinburgh.
Review by Izzy Parriss