David Gray

Guilford Live 2000 review

published: Tue 1st Aug 2000

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July 2000
Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey., England MAP
weekend around £60
last updated: Wed 7th Aug 2013

David Gray
30th July 2000

David Gray

David Gray had apparently been flown by plane and helicopter to do one song in Bolton before flying back to London at midnight the previous night, "that's what my life has been like recently" he said after he had arrived 10 minutes late to do his mid afternoon set at Guildford. This was a reference to his extraordinary recent success. The fact that he was a little down the running list here at Guildford and here at all is probably because he had been booked sometime before. So, we were lucky and the packed field in front of the main stage bears testament to his popularity following the release of his latest album White Ladder.

David Gray

After a further short delay when the bass player couldn't be found, David Gray went straight into Sail Away. The four piece band, percussion, base, keyboards and Gray with acoustic guitar, reproducing the recorded sound excellently and David Gray's vocal performance evidence of his many years experience in live performance. White Ladder was next and the audience were swaying in the breaking sunshine whilst singing along to the recognisable sing-a-long tracks, perfect for a Sunday afternoon. Gray dipped into his back catalogue for a few songs before singing his latest single, Babylon, which received the loudest cheer of the set.

David Gray

Gray took control of the keyboard for a great rendition of the lovely This Years Love (if you haven't seen the film yet then rent it). Excusing some messing around between songs (including not being able to work the electronic keyboard - "technology!") the last third of the set was a little livelier with an upbeat Wisdom and a "new song", which sounded familiar, maybe a cover of Led Zeppelin. Easy to say in hindsight as suddenly he launched into what was definitely a Led Zep riff that we think was Black Dog. Please excuse the uncertainty but it had been a long weekend, it was very hot and… well need we say more. Whatever… it was great. Gray and the band were enjoying themselves, particularly the drummer who triumphantly hurled his sticks across the stage as they finished.

David Gray

Had there have been more time he would probably have played more tracks from the current album but there wasn't as the stage had to be prepared for Joolz' Big Band. David Gray was perfect for the Guildford audience. All credit to the man for persevering over the last few years. We're sure he'll be around for next year's festival season again and higher up the bill this time.

David Gray


review by: Stuart McCandlish

photos by: Stuart McCandlish

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July 2000
Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey., England MAP
weekend around £60
last updated: Wed 7th Aug 2013


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