Review and Photography by Damien Harvey
Meet Finn Sexton, a 14-year-old Multi-instrumentalist, Singer and Songwriter.
Finn is a young lad from Southend-on-Sea, UK who is taking the world by storm at such a young age.
Inspired by bands like The Jam, Paul Weller and The Style Council, Finn masters all the hits from these record-hitting bands with ease
When Finn isn’t studying or performing on stage, he can be found in his local town busking as he is raising money to travel to Cambodia next year with the aim of doing some conservation work with endangered animals, certainly a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Finn recently applied to be on The Voice Kids and after going through many auditions and beating over 4000 applicants, he made it to the last 45, but unfortunately just missed out. With his head still held up high and knowing he didn’t need a TV show to be successful, he carried on his hard work performing on local bars.
So, how did Finn get to where he is now? Dedication, hard work and the undeniably incredible support from his family.
This gig was the first ever home gig in Southend’s music venue, Chinnerys, and he was supporting The Jam’d, a popular tribute band of no other than The Jam. It was like a match made in heaven for Finn. This wasn’t the only gig he did support, as he went to a few shows around the UK supporting The Jam’d including most recently, The Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne.
Finn played out an incredible 11-set setlist and included an original in the middle of the set. With just him and his guitar, he soulfully started playing out ‘Peacock Suit’ and ‘Wild Wood’ from
Paul Weller before going onto ‘All or Nothing’ from Small Faces before jamming back to Paul Weller with ‘You Do Something To Me’. Next up with ‘My World’ originally made by Secret Affair and then ‘All Day and All Of The Night’ from The Kinks. He then sat back and played an original song ‘Sublime’.
His stage presence is all natural like he’s been doing it for years, as he got the crowd involved in singing ‘It Must Be Love’ written by no other than Labi Siffre. This warmed up the crowd as he then smashed into ‘Paint It Black’ made by The Rolling Stones and then a classic song of ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’ from The Clash.
Finn ended his incredible set by ending with ‘Shout to the Top’ originally made by The Style Council.
A huge round of applause erupted and Finn walked off the stage with his head up high as he knew he achieved something that had been on his bucket list for a while.
This was the perfect outcome for Finn. A 14-year-old young lad who is still at school supporting a tribute band of a band who he classes as his heroes, playing in a venue that has seen massive performers such as Snow Patrol, Sam Ryder, and Bowling for Soup just to name a few.
Due to the phenomenal performances he’s been put in, he’s now been chosen to support The Style Councillors, a tribute band on the Style Council on a few dates who are on a UK tour.
In conclusion, Finn has a massive future ahead of him, and I can be sure it won’t be too long before he’s headlining his home town venue, along with other venues around the UK. With the support, dedication and hard work that he’s received and put in so far, Finn is certainly an upcoming one to watch.
Finn Sexton – Vocals/Guitar
All or Nothing
You Do Something To Me
All Day and All of the Night
Sublime (his original)
It Must Be Love
Paint it Black
Should I Stay or Should I Go Shout to the Top
his star to fame on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100093043368726 and Instagram https://instagram.com/finn.sexton.music?igshid=NzZhOTFlYzFmZQ==