Cian Ducrot – The Next Arena Star?

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His breakthrough pop hit, All For You, which featured a duet version with Ella Henderson, propelled Irish singer-songwriter, Cian Ducrot, into the global musical spotlight.

He went on to achieve a debut number one album with Victory, which spawned other successful hit singles in Heaven and I’ll Be Waiting.

Now, as Cian takes his record on tour around the UK and Ireland, we got chance to see what all the fuss is about at his Manchester Academy show this time last week.

Often artists who achieve pop success are tarnished by unfair labels and pigeonholes, but Cian Ducrot showed in a 90 minute set why he could be the real deal.

Opening with aptly titled Victory, Ducrot arrived with his live band for a poignant set of heartfelt hits which demonstrated not only his evident songwriting and vocal ability, but his acclaim as a multi-instrumentalist.

Dedicating tracks to his family, it was clear his Irish roots have played a major role in his songwriting, and this also came to life in the music in tracks such as How Do You Know, which was the highlight of the evening.

But it wasn’t just storytelling through music, as Cian was on hand to provide some early career anecdotes, including a big name drop in Ed Sheeran, who congratulated his number one accolade.

It was a sold out show and the fans were singing every word from his debut record in what was an accomplished performance from start to finish, culminating in an emphatic rendition of national radio mainstay, I’ll Be Waiting.

He oozed confidence but not arrogance; a relatable, grounded artist who clearly has an abundance of talent and industry potential.

We think it won’t be too long before he follows in the footsteps of his Irish compatriot Dermot Kennedy, as we believe Cian Ducrot could be selling out arenas in the near future.

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