Over two very different shows Elvis Costello pushed his ambitious boundaries even further, Steve Swift was witness to an artist who refuses to stand still.
After just one song the show was stopped by security after a fish slice in the VIP area was misplaced. Costello pleaded with the audience to “calm down a bit” as fans were dragged over security barriers to avoid spoiling their clothes against a tray of spilled Pimms.
One of a string of rare solo appearances, this was an unpretentious, stripped-down affair. Without visual gimmicks or keyboard-toting wingmen to back him up, Costello drew upon his astonishing catalogue of classics. The results were electrifying.
"it's the brotherly love onstage and affection from the charmed audience that illuminates Kew Gardens."
He is truly incomparable and as the “On Air” light fades after two and a half hours and a standing ovation it feels as though it’s been a rare experience.