Gig Review: Dan Ottewell at Metronome

Words: Faye Stacey
Photos: Faye Stacey
Thursday 19 October 2023
reading time: min, words

Officially the youngest person ever to sell out Rough Trade here in Notts, Dan Ottewell has been running circles around the local music scene, and shows no signs of slowing down. He is well known for the energy he channels into his live performances, a reputation he upheld in his performance at Metronome....

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In a twist of fate at Metronome, the crowd witnessed the unexpected brilliance of singer-songwriter Ben Mark Smith, who seamlessly stepped in at the last minute to fill the void left by another artist.

Smith, a local gem, captivated the audience with his soulful performance, drawing parallels to the likes of Frank Turner, City & Colour, and Damien Rice. His emotive lyrics and acoustic melodies painted a vivid sonic landscape, immediately establishing a connection with the listeners.

As the opening act for Dan Ottewell, Ben Mark Smith left an indelible mark on the night. The unexpected nature of his appearance added an element of surprise, turning what could have been a setback into a memorable musical journey for everyone present.

In the end, Ben Mark Smith's impromptu performance proved that sometimes the best moments in live music come from the unplanned, showcasing not only his talent as a musician but also his ability to connect with an audience in the most genuine way possible.

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Up next were The Public Eye, former students of Confetti. Their return was certainly a welcome one, unfolding into an unforgettable night of music.

From the first chord to the last beat, their performance showcased an energy and refinement that only comes with experience.

Their setlist was a well-crafted mix of familiar tunes and new tracks, each delivered with precision and passion. The audience responded with enthusiasm and embraced the fresh sounds of their latest creations.

What truly set The Public Eye apart was their seamless synergy on stage. It was evident that these musicians not only shared a history as former Confetti students but also a deep musical bond that translated into a tight, cohesive performance. Their chemistry was a testament to the countless hours spent honing their craft.

As they wrapped up their set, leaving the audience buzzing with excitement, it was clear that The Public Eye had not only supported Dan Ottewell but had also left an indelible mark on the night. Their triumphant return to the stage was a celebration of talent, growth, and the enduring spirit of musicianship.

It's safe to say that The Public Eye is a band worth keeping a close eye on.

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It was then time for headliner Dan Ottewell to take to the stage, treating music enthusiasts to an unforgettable celebration marking the release of his latest single Moon Project.

The venue's atmosphere was electric as Ottewell, a talented music student from the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, showcased his musical prowess but also the culmination of hard work that went into recording Moon Project at the iconic Abbey Road Studios.

Ottewell's performance not only demonstrated his technical skill but also conveyed a deep emotional connection to the music.

The crowd, a mix of devoted fans and curious newcomers, reveled in the shared experience of witnessing live music at its finest.

Ottewell's Moon Project release party was a testament to the vibrant music scene in Nottingham. I was fortunate enough to be in attendance.

Dan Ottewell performed at Metronome on 13 October 2023. His new single Moon Project is out now. 

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