Fans of George Ezra in Trowbridge were thrilled last night, as they got the chance to witness two extra special performances at the Civic Centre.   

The intimate venue was the last stop after a mini-tour of the UK to celebrate the release of his new album, Gold Rush Kid.

Other stops included Pryzm in Kingston, UEA in Norwich, and University Stylus in Leeds. 

He put on the bonus show in Trowbridge due to phenomenal demand for the 8pm show. 

We went along to the 6 pm show last night to find hundreds of people who had queued for hours to get the best view of the singer at the centre, and a TV crew at the ready to capture the bustling atmosphere. 

Swindon Advertiser: TV crews in Trowbridge to cover the George Ezra Concert. Photo: Trevor PorterTV crews in Trowbridge to cover the George Ezra Concert. Photo: Trevor Porter

Ezra played several of his classic songs in the short and sweet performance, including Shotgun, Blame it on me, Pretty Shining People, Budapest, and Paradise, mixed in with some of his hit songs from his brand new album, including Anyone For You and Green Green Grass.  

 

He also put a bit of a twist on 'Blame it on me.'

The singer chatted to the audience in the intimate venue and reflected on why this album is so special to him, noting that the intensity of lockdown has pushed him forward to make the most of his music.   

“In 2020, everything kind of got flipped on its head, and we couldn’t do the things that we had planned, so we had to find other ways of getting inspiration”, he said. 

The surprise show sold out within minutes, and residents who secured the tickets delighted to be there for the occasion.   

Swindon Advertiser: Concert goers enter the Civic for the George Ezra concert. Photo: Trevor PorterConcert goers enter the Civic for the George Ezra concert. Photo: Trevor Porter

32-year-old Sarah Harris from Trowbridge had been at the front of the queue with her two daughters since 2:30 pm that day.   

She said: “It’s almost unbelievable, and I’m still like- is it actually happening?”  

Ezra is one of her youngest daughters, Charlotte’s favorites for a long time.   

Charlotte said: “I’m most excited to hear him sing Shotgun, Green Green Grass, and Gold Rush Kid.”  

Swindon Advertiser: First in the queue for the George Ezra Concert Sarah Harris with Emily aged 11 and Charlotte aged 8 who arrived at 2.30 pm. Photo: Trevor PorterFirst in the queue for the George Ezra Concert Sarah Harris with Emily aged 11 and Charlotte aged 8 who arrived at 2.30 pm. Photo: Trevor Porter

Manager of the Civic Centre, Paul Weimer said before the show started: “I’m feeling excited- not as stressed out as I was earlier.”  

Swindon Advertiser: Thrilled to have George Ezra in concert at the Civic Manager, Paul Weimar. Photo: Trevor PorteThrilled to have George Ezra in concert at the Civic Manager, Paul Weimar. Photo: Trevor Porte

He added: “It was very, very difficult to keep it a secret that he was coming here because of the excitement, but we’ve been working closely with Sound Knowledge, who are the promoters, who have actually brought this event to us, and it’s been a great collaboration.” 

Swindon Advertiser: The happy crowd head home after the show. Photo: Trevor Porter.The happy crowd head home after the show. Photo: Trevor Porter.