Having heard about the unplanned gig at the 12 Bar on Denmark Street at the first Barbican show, we quickly called to get tickets the following morning. We were half-hoping Ryan would join Jesse but cannot say we were even slightly disappointed. The venue is fantastic; a tiny, sweaty 400 year-old blacksmith’s forge on Denmark Street. Jesse was the middle act of a 3-part session but he must have been on stage for 2 hours maybe, it was an amazing acoustic set shared with only maybe 100 people, all crammed together in one room.
It was so hot and packed I couldn’t even move my feet at times (I certainly couldn’t change my camera-lens!), thankfully they opened the back door out to a small courtyard filled with the recording studios and tattoo parlours, so some air came in. It was cool to be listening to Jesse onstage but also have people drinking and chatting in the yard and police sirens passing on the street not too far away.
We came away feeling we had seen Jesse play in a place way more suited to his style than the big theatre halls, I have lost count the number of times we have seen Jesse now, but this historic venue made this impromptu concert easily the most special.