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Concert review: Will Young, 02 Academy, Birmingham

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Will Young is clearly in a good place at the moment. Ten years after his Pop Idol triumph, the singer has never been more in demand, and he clearly loved the more intimate surroundings of the O2 Academy.

Will Young

02 Academy, Birmingham

Concert review by Mark Drew

Will Young is clearly in a good place at the moment. Ten years after his Pop Idol triumph, the singer has never been more in demand, and he clearly loved the more intimate surroundings of the O2 Academy.

Young's extended encore last night illustrated his strengths, with a stripped down version of Evergreen following a wonderfully melancholic cover of Kate Bush's Running Up the Hill.

And there was a clever introduction to the band in the form of Hit the Road Jack, which had the crowd roaring with laughter.

This Pop Idol is all about the voice, which was good a decade ago and is just incredible now. There were plenty of upbeat moments as Young performed tracks from his more dancy album Echoes, especially the finale single Jealousy.

And the singer enjoyed his usual banter, forming an impromptu quiz show as the audience attempted to guess who had been ousted from Strictly.

But this concert was as much about absorbing his talent to take a song and wring every drop of emotion from it. His loyal audience, with an age range from 18 to 80, loved every minute of it.

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