A Saturday night at The Courtyard Theatre is always going to be a good night, that’s just a fact. However, this Saturday the stage was graced by the fabulous Gus Dapperton. Fabulous really is the only way to describe this native New Yorker.
With a 45-minute wait, we headed to the bar in anticipation of his set. While laughing that 45 minutes was a long time to wait, it was 100% worth it. If you haven’t been to the Courtyard, it’s a small an intimate venue that completely submerses you into the music, blocking out the outside world; and it succeeded once again. In a flash of lights and a drum roll, Gus appeared on the stage in what can only be described as fishing gear, and his trademark glasses; like I said, fabulous.
The crowd instantly became alive as he began to play and dreamy, indie-pop filled the room. After getting everyone in the mood to groove, Gus introduced his band with a cheeky grin and effortless charm. I’ve seen a lot of bands, but never one who looked like they were having as much fun as they did, and the crowd mirrored it completely! It’s normal to me that whoever is on stage is grooving along as they play, but Gus was genuinely dancing along, making him one of the best live acts I’ve seen for a long time.
Deeper into the set, everyone was bopping, grooving, call it what you want, people were loving it. All of this was kicked up a gear as Gus went to introduce his last song, knowing what it would be, you could see everyone ready to dance, yet he teased us with the story of where the song came from before finally finishing his tangential story with “because, ya’know, I’m just snacking” …. Suddenly the view was obstructed with phones recording but they were quickly put away again as people became submerged in his No.1 song ‘I’m Just Snacking.’
Once it was all over he said thank you and goodbye, but the stage door couldn’t even close behind him before the chant for an encore became so loud he had to come back on for just one more. Deciding to do a cover for this was a stroke of genius as he quickly burst into his very own rendition of ‘This Charming Man’ by The Smiths. I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever seen a room light up as quickly. I walked away with a grin from ear to ear and seemingly so did everyone else. Gus will be back in London in May as well as playing the Great Escape Festival in Brighton – if you can, go and see him, I promise you it is a night you will not regret.