Review: Tom Jones at Larmer Tree Festival

Salisbury Journal: Tom Jones performing on the opening night of Larmer Tree Festival. DC5362P032 Tom Jones performing on the opening night of Larmer Tree Festival. DC5362P032

THE Welsh superstar opened this year’s Larmer Tree Festival in fine style last night.

The main stage area was packed as the crooner belted out classic hits like Delilah, Sex Bomb and It’s Not Unusual, mixed it up with Tom Waite and Leonard Cohen covers and gave the crowd some country and bluesy tunes from his latest album too.

He may be 74, but it’s easy to see why Sir Tom is still wowing crowds and making women melt. He had the crowd eating out of his hand with his purring Welsh lilt and cries of “Hell yeah”. There were even some pants thrown on stage.

His gravelly voice is still incredible and he had the audience singing, clapping and dancing along for all of his almost two-hour set.

In the encore he performed the crowd-pleasing favourites Kiss and Leave Your Hat On and finished with an old bluesy tune Strange Things Happening Every Day, which had the crowd chanting back to him.

The atmosphere at Larmer Tree is always fantastic, but Sir Tom created a real buzz that got everyone in the mood for the next four days.

Corey Ross

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