A particularly nice touch to the set was when he would tell the audience stories behind some of his songs. For example, he explains ‘Control’ is all about sticking a middle finger up to any haters or people who have doubted him in the past. Sonically the track is relatively reminiscent of David Guetta’s ‘Titanium’. Luckily everyone in the venue shows nothing but support for Burnett and his music.
So much so that some particularly merry fans down the front were practically bordering on being on stage themselves. Burnett however, took it in his stride. After all he had made his intentions clear from the beginning that wanted the audience to have the best possible time.
A run of original tracks including ‘You I Need’ precede a mashup with Burnett’s song ‘Fight The Feeling’ with The Weeknd’s hit ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, which turns into one big singalong.
Burnett’s rendition of his song ‘Good Day’, a motivational song about reaching a happy place after feeling down is another highlight but once this emotive moment had passed it was time to amp things up even more.
The show closed to Burnett’s track ‘Be My Baby’ and there wasn’t a still person in the house. One final surprise for the evening was a confetti cannon.
This paired with the use of smoke machines, lighting, lasers and a full band (including two brass players performing from the balcony) was an ambitious level of production to use in such an intimate venue. However, these components added to the experience and made the evening even more memorable.
Given the level of production, passion and showmanship on the night, Daniel Burnett is undoubtedly destined for bigger stages so keep an eye out for him.
PHOTOS: LILY HENDERSON
WORDS: TESSA BURY