Maverick Sabre gives Leicester a show to remember
An outstanding performance at Leicester's O2 Academy from the artist knocking loudly on the door of great British musical talent came from the young Maverick Sabre.
Born in Hackney but raised in Ireland, the singer/songwriter looked at home working the crowd up to a blinding frenzy that finished with the amazing "I Need".
His track list included new material, as well as a cover of Bob Marley's "Get up, Stand-Up", the classic "Summer Breeze", and his own "I Used To Have It All" and "These Days".
Working hard to maintain his London routes, Sabre showed a look and swagger not dissimilar to Plan B.
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Described by some as the male Amy Winehouse, his eerie vocal and strong lyrical ability had all the hall marks of a great artist in the making.
I say in the making, because Sabre still has work to do, but at 22 his talent is immense.
And if he could be criticised for anything it would be for trying to hard.
He gave his all from beginning to end and the audience showed their appreciation with chants of "we want more", at the end of the show.
Supported by Ms Dynamite and Daley the night didn't get off to the best start.
A late arrival saw Ms Dynamite's set cut short with the artist playing just four songs.
A hold-up on the motorway was blamed, but even so, her set fell far short of the kind of performance you might expect from such a well-known artist.
But this did not affect the audience's appreciation of Sabre's talent that left an intimate audience of some 1,000 people, hungry for more.
Sabre released his debut EP, "The Lost Words", on March 7 last year and appeared on Professor Green's single "Jungle", which peaked at number 31 in the UK singles chart in January, 2011.
Interviews earlier in year say he is now working on a second album.
See Maverick Sabre's performance at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpKQK5CXH-g&feature=g-upl