Nick Jonas took to the stage of the O2 Academy in Islington on Friday night (17th July) to officially launch his self-titled album in the UK.
After nearly a 2 hour DJ set from Capital FM DJ Charlesy, which got the crowded pumped, the American singer and songwriter entered the stage to a packed audience of mainly screaming girls. He got the evening off to an energetic start with personal favourite from the album, ‘Wilderness’ before following with ‘I Want You’. The popular ‘Chains’ got everyone singing along and we all enjoyed Nick’s dance moves during ‘Teacher’. Once again, he reminded us of Justin Timberlake, due to the slightly more urban style of his new album, as well as his energetic presence on stage and his smooth falsetto vocals.
Of course, with this intimate and special gig celebrating the release of his highly anticipated debut album, everyone was expecting Jonas to perform mainly these new tracks, so we were pleased when he treated us to some of his older material too. He took to his guitar to sing the beautiful ‘Rose Garden’ and ‘Who I Am’, both taken from his 2010 album under his side project Nick Jonas & The Administration, which later got us thinking how it’s a slight shame his new album doesn’t follow more of this soulful sound.
Unfortunately, there were no throwback Jonas Brothers’ songs, but he did do a special performance of ‘London Foolishly’; a track he wrote while in London for Les Miserables back in 2010, yet was never released. Let’s also not forget his cover of Outkast’s ‘Roses’, which was another highlight of the night that everyone seemed to enjoy.
Disappointingly, it was only a one hour set from Jonas, which he drew to a close with his hit track ‘Jealous’, although we’re sure we’re not the only ones who would have loved to have seen him carry on for much longer!
While he did take fans’ phones on stage to take selfies, chucked water at the crowd and mentioned how he met some fans for a pint in the pub beforehand, we would have loved to have seen a bit more interaction from Jonas, especially as we learnt from his speech at Oxford Union back in February how he’s a great public speaker. But, we guess this time we were there to hear him sing not talk!
All in all, it was a great evening celebrating the release of Nick Jonas’ album. There was a perfect mix between new and old tracks, making it a suitable evening for relatively new fans, as well as those who have been following Nick Jonas’ success since the very beginning. If the screams in the audience and the crowd of fans waiting outside the stage door are anything to go by, then we’re certain he will be back doing a full tour of the UK very soon.