After a year of rescheduling due to COVID-19 and having his fans wait in anticipation, 21-year-old indie-pop newcomer Thomas Headon played his first-ever live show in London at the popular, sold-out nightclub Heaven. Prior to his performance, Headon reminisced about his musical beginnings on Instagram and told his followers how he would show up outside music venues with his guitar and play songs for the fans in line for gigs – and that’s exactly what he did for his own gig as well. An hour before the doors opened, you could find him outside of Heaven, strumming a few of his own tunes on the guitar for his own fans, who had been queuing since midday.
The concert itself started with the support act DYLAN – a fellow young and upcoming musician who rose to online popularity on TikTok with a yet unreleased song called ‘You’re Not Harry Styles’, a female empowerment anthem about not letting any man ever treat you badly, especially if he isn’t Harry Styles. As most of Headon’s fanbase and himself are fans of the heartthrob as well, the choice was just right and the perfect start of the night to hype up the already immensely exhilarated crowd.
An hour later and a couple minutes fashionably late, Headon started off his set with his first song ‘Loving You’ – his positive energy filling the room from the very first moment he set foot on stage and a stage presence that made it seem like the stage had always been the singer’s second home. Therefore, it came as no surprise that the young artist used every spare minute to interact with his enamoured fans and jokingly offered TikTok featurettes to the energetic crowd. Jumping between some of his older songs ‘Grace’, ‘Clean Me Up’ and ‘Butterflies’, Headon took it on himself to surprise everyone with a cover of Taylor Swift’s ultra-hit ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’ – in support of the female superstar re-releasing her albums – as well as a brand new unreleased song called ‘Victoria’, which will be the title track of his forthcoming third EP. Going back to his biggest musical influences – Tyler, The Creator, Rex Orange County and The 1975, among others – they became very evident on his more rocky and e-guitar focused song ‘Nobody Has To Know’ – which might just be a PG-version of ‘Sex’ by The 1975 but with just as much earworm potential. Closing the night with his last song ‘UrbanAngel1999’, Headon’s headline show ended with the drop of a beat and the fall of confetti, before the singer said his last goodbyes and was nowhere to be seen when the lights turned back on.
Captivating not only his die-hard fans but also the forced-to-come boyfriends, parents and plus-ones, Headon effortlessly managed to make the audience his own – a skill that will come in handy throughout his future career. From the very first beat to the last note, the young artist’s talent as well as his love for music and performing are undeniable and contagious, and while this might have been his first headline tour, we are sure this will definitely not be his last.
Written by Vicky Madzak