Sturgill Simpson | O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire | 15 July 2016
“This doesn’t suck,” says Sturgill Simpson, taking in the view from the Shepherd’s Bush Empire stage.
The first time he performed in London, little over two years ago, was at The Slaughtered Lamb to, at most, 120 people. Now he’s packed out a 2000-capacity theatre that, he points out, has played host to Bowie, Prince, and ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’. If he’s at all intimidated by the venue’s pedigree or the size of the audience, the Grammy nominee doesn’t show it. Instead, he more than delivers on a promise to work extra hard to win over a bored-looking man in the front row.