Peyton Parrish London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire Friday, February 2, 2024.

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Review By Donna Richards Photos By Bracken Hake

I love the buzz you get from travelling hours to get to a gig you are looking forward to. It wasn’t as busy around Shepherds Bush as I was picturing for a sell-out gig on a Friday night. Lots of very friendly people queued very politely many of whom have never been to a live music event which is always great to witness other fans first time.

A Night of Musical Marvels: Payton Parrish at Shepherds Bush

The evening kicked off with an unexpected twist as German Power Metal sensation, DOMINUM, took the stage. Their theatrical performance, featuring zombies from The Rocky Horror Picture Show dancing to the beat, left me utterly captivated. Their fusion of power metal and theatrics, highlighted by an electrifying cover of Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Right Round,” was nothing short of mesmerizing. DOMINUM undoubtedly won over a legion of new fans with their flawless set and vibrant stage presence.

During the intermission, the venue efficiently managed the crowds, ensuring swift service at the bars and even offering Rockstar as an alternative to the standard Red Bull—a thoughtful touch appreciated by many.

Then came the moment everyone had been waiting for Payton Parrish’s headline performance. Despite his smaller stature, Parrish’s classic wardrobe exuded authenticity, setting the stage for an intimate and grassroots experience. From the opening notes of “Fist into the Air,” Parrish commanded the audience’s attention with his powerhouse vocals and tight musical execution. Highlights included a stirring rendition of The Cranberries “Zombie” and the crowd-favourite “Ragnarok,” which ignited a frenzy of enthusiasm among fans.

Parrish’s versatility shone through as the backdrop and his attire seamlessly transitioned to reflect the diverse range of musical styles in his repertoire, from Disney covers to Viking metal anthems. His guitar skills showcased for the first time live, added an extra layer of depth to an already stellar performance.

Although the absence of Miracle of Sound’s Gavin Dunne for “Valhalla Calling” was a minor disappointment, it didn’t detract from the overall brilliance of the evening. Parrish’s unwavering vocal prowess remained intact until the final encore, leaving me eager for future opportunities to witness his talent live on stage.

In conclusion, Payton Parrish’s debut UK performance was a resounding success, leaving an indelible impression on all in attendance. I eagerly anticipate many more unforgettable gigs from this rising star in the years to come.

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