REVIEW: Sir Tom Jones, The Pastures, Alnwick Castle

Tom Jones concert in the Pastures by Alnwick Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman
Tom Jones concert in the Pastures by Alnwick Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman

It was second time lucky for Sir Tom Jones and his legion of fans at Alnwick.

After the debacle of 2015, when a string of power cuts brought the Welsh legend’s set to an abrupt end, he was back in the town for another go. And last night’s show was redemption.

This truly was a party in the Pastures and The Voice UK judge was on top form, performing for the best part of an hour and 45 minutes.

The crowd went wild as he belted out classics such as Sex Bomb, It’s Not Unusual, What’s New Pussycat and Delilah.

Some female fans waved knickers above their heads in tribute to their idol, while a number of concert-goers had Welsh flags draped round their shoulders.

And when the 78-year-old wasn’t digging deep into his entertaining repertoire – spanning multiple decades – he mixed it up with some well-known covers, such as Solomon Burke’s Cry To Me, and Kiss, by Prince.

At the end of his lengthy set, Sir Tom said he had had a ball, amid the audience calling out for more.

Before Sir Tom graced the stage, Welsh duo Into the Ark – aka Taylor Jones and Dane Lloyd – warmed up`the crowds.

The pair have gone from strength to strength since being finalists on The Voice UK in 2017, under the guidance of Sir Tom.

Yesterday’s gig was the second of four sensational live-music events at the Pastures, as part of the Summer House Sounds series of concerts in Alnwick.

They began with Nile Rodgers and CHIC on Wednesday. The show goes on tonight, with ska boys Madness, supported by The Lightning Seeds. The series comes to a sparkling conclusion tomorrow with Il Divo, featuring special guest Michael Ball.

The Gazette will be at them all. Check back here for pictures and a review after each concert.

Click here to see a gallery of pictures from last night’s show.