Review: Daniel Johnston at Union Chapel

A truly heartwarming show from a living legend. On Monday I popped along to my favourite venue, Union Chapel, to catch a headline show from Daniel Johnston.

First were Wave Pictures, who, miraculously, I have managed to have never seen before. I really enjoyed their set, it was fun and light hearted and had a few special guests including Stanley Brinks. Have a listen to them here.

Then it was Laura Marling. She seemed more confident than the last time I saw her (back in February). I stayed for the first couple of songs, but then headed down the road for a different gig (Choir of Young Believers!) before heading back to catch Daniel Johnston.

He played a pretty lengthy set. It was all straight from the heart, there was such a warm atmosphere. Daniel was joined by Guillemots and the Wave Pictures as backing bands. He played lots of his most well known songs, including three (three!) Beatles covers. His in between song chat was sweet and endearing and it really touched my heart to watch him play. So much soul power and feeling, it was a really beautiful show. He returned for an encore of the wonderful True Love Will Find You In The End. It was a really special show and I would definately say to disregard any reservations about seeing Daniel Johnston live and go if you get the chance.

Have a listen and watch his beautiful Black Cab Session song here.

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