Matt Cardle Unplugged Tour

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Unplugged Tour
Matt Cardle, Glasgow 2013.jpg
Matt Cardle performing in Glasgow on his Unplugged Tour
Tour by Matt Cardle
Associated album Letters, The Fire
Start date April 23, 2013
End date May 2, 2013
Shows 8
Matt Cardle concert chronology
Letters Tour
(2012)
Unplugged Tour
(2013)
Porcelain Tour
(2014)

The Unplugged tour was an eight date concert tour by Matt Cardle. In contrast to his previous tours, the Letters Tour and promotional tours, it was not specifically in support of his most recent album, rather a set of songs from both his albums and other tracks that have meant a lot to him. It was the first he had done without the backing of a full live band. Cardle played acoustic guitar for the majority of the songs, but had the addition of Paul Bullen on keyboard for the middle portion of the set and the encore. No other instrumentation was used. All dates sold out.[1]

Background[edit]

The tour was announced on 10 December 2012 with tickets on general sale on 12 December.[2] Cardle explained the reason behind it being unplugged was that it hadn't been long since doing a big production tour and he wanted to strip it down and make it a more intimate show, especially for fans who prefer his acoustic side.[3][4] The tour began on 23 April 2013 in Cork. The first half of the set included songs from his first album, Letters, and covers of songs that have been part of his musical journey, such as the first song that really inspired him, "Thank U" by Alanis Morissette[5] and the song he performed for his first audition on The X Factor, "I'm No Good" by Amy Winehouse. The second half consisted of songs from his most recent album, The Fire.

Reception[edit]

Dean McAdam of Herald Scotland said Cardle is "comfortably establishing himself as something just a little different from the rest" and claims that the acoustic approach suits him well.[6] Phil Allely of Fame Magazine said he "ticked every box imaginable " and "Cardle was on the ball for start to finish, he built the crowd up perfectly and ended on the perfect high he possibly could."[7] Bernard O'Rourke of Golden Plec said "it is clear that he has left the manufactured reality show pop version of a singer-songwriter behind, it just isn’t clear what exactly he’s grown into."[8]

Setlist[edit]

  1. Letters
  2. Thank U
  3. I'm No Good
  4. When We Collide
  5. Faithless
  6. Lost & Found
  7. Amazing
  8. Set Fire To The Rain
  9. Millionaire
  10. All That Matters
  11. Water
  12. Anyone Else
  13. It's Only Love

Encore:

  1. Lately (Added from Manchester onwards)
  2. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
April 23, 2013 Cork Ireland Cyprus Avenue
April 24, 2013 Dublin Whelans
April 25, 2013 Belfast Northern Ireland Empire Music Hall
April 27, 2013 Glasgow Scotland Oran Mor
April 28, 2013 Coventry England Arts Centre Theatre
April 29, 2013 Manchester Lowry Theatre
May 1, 2013 Cambridge Junction
May 2, 2013 London Union Chapel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sold Out - 'Unplugged'". mattcardlemusic.com. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Matt Cardle announces 'Unplugged' UK tour". Digital Spy. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Matt Cardle interview". Entertainment Focus. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDBIPxpERbs
  5. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKnBjTGaVV0
  6. ^ "Review: Matt Cardle, Oran Mor, Glasgow". Herald Scotland. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Gig Review: Matt Cardle – The Empire Music Hall Belfast April 25th 2013". Fame Magazine. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Matt Cardle in Whelan's Review". Golden Plec. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.