Captivating the audience in Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen with his soulful voice, British singer-songwriter & instrumentalist Zak Abel was nothing short of amazing. Gracing the stage with his dazzling dance moves and cheeky smile it was great to see him comfortably showcasing why he is one of London’s most exciting artists.

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Upcoming singer Taya opened the evening and set the mood with her slinky R&B grooves which showcased her stunning vocals. Zak hopped on stage not too long after with an excellent three piece band and delivered an impeccable show, working the crowd with a brilliant live voice that is deep, dangerously gritty and full of personality.

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His music spans from the funky ‘Everybody Needs Love’ which he performed with bass guitarist, songwriter and producer Stuart Zender, Taya joined in on the soulful ‘Say Sumthin’ and he even explored Motown on his future album cut ‘Winging It’. When it came to covers, he jumped on the piano and delightfully made Drake’s ‘One Dance’ his own and the majestic singer Paloma Faith made a special appearance on Gwen McCrae’s ‘All This Love That I’m Giving’ delivering a lesson in singing from the heart with a whole lotta feeling.

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The brilliant venue really provided a relaxed vibe that suited the high energy set Zak performed as it felt like one big gathering of people who just love and connect to his songs. The sold out crowd were with him all the way, often raucously chanting the adlibs and lyrics to his songs and cheered so loudly  it must have been such a moment for Zak.

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Once the gig was over the crowd resorted to loudly shouting for “1 more song!” which grew to “2  More songs” and they kept on going whilst stamping their feet hoping to experience the electric feeling of the gig once more. It is evidence as to why it’s only a matter of time until this unique artist finds himself at the top.

8/10


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