GIG REVIEW: The Cadillac Three @ The O2 Islington Academy, London. 9th Nov. 2015

  A 4,000 mile trip across the Atlantic for just one European date…the native Nashvillian’s SELL OUT London’s O2 Academy Islington in the midst of an American tour. 

To date, TC3 have SOLD OUT every UK headlining show they have played. 

If you missed this London show… You haven’t missed your chance to see the southern rockers, as they’re returning to the UK in January/ February 2016.


Tonight was my first time experiencing the O2 Academy Islington. It was really easy to get to (I travelled from London Bridge) and almost opposite Angel tube station. Situated in the middle of a high street, there are plenty of eateries and bars surrounding the venue. Absolutely ideal if you’re coming to the City for a gig and making a night of it.

The venue itself has basement vibe despite being upstairs. A small, relatively low stage with no branded backdrops. Pipes and cables plastering the ceiling. Blackened walls. Dim lighting…  Very authentic. A scene suited to an intimate rock show.

 Locks hanging, caps forward and aviators glistening. The Tennessee Trio got into position and Days Of Gold erupted. The crowd roared and heads banged. Lead vocalist, Jaren Johnston, joined drummer, Neil Mason on his kit and they smashed it in unison. Accompanied by Kelby Ray on the lap steel guitar, the Academy was bouncing. 

Up next, Peace Love & Dixie. Holler if you’re with me. Leading single of their latest album… The crowd echoed their catchy, stuttered lyrics, ‘Shaking hips like a hip-hip-hippy’, ‘a little sip-sip-sippy’. 

A few songs later in their set, they performed Back It Up. A track I first heard on Planet Rock Radio. A more commercial country rock song, not as gritty as some of their sounds. Nonetheless, a great song, that inevitably received great reception.

High energy was maintained throughout the set. In between songs they joked and chatted to the crowd (just enough for it to be engaging & humorous, not just waffling to fill a void, which can be the case for some bands/ artists).

TC3 bring a fresh sound to London. A sound I’d like to hear more of (and by their ticket sales, a sound you’d like to hear more of & experience too). A country, classic southern, hard rock band with lyrics & rhythms that reflect their regional identity. Noisy & instrumental. A worthwhile quintessential southern experience.