Singer-songwriter Tom comes home for gig

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QUEUES stretched along the street as Chichester singer-
songwriter Tom Odell played a hometown gig in a record shop.

The artist told crowds in HMV it was ‘weird’ performing in the place he used to buy his records.

Tom Odell played to scores of fans in Chichester's HMV

Tom Odell played to scores of fans in Chichester's HMV

Scores of fans waited up to two hours at the intimate venue in Chichester’s East Street, to hear a 45-minute set from the Brit Award Winner. He played Hold Me and Another Love, among other tracks from his new album Long Way Down.

He said it was ‘amazing’ so many people had turned out to see him play, and even gave a special mention to the crowds who had not been able to get in the venue but who were watching from the pavement.

‘Thanks to everyone for coming today, and for buying my album. It really means a lot to me,’ he said. ‘It’s weird playing here, I used to buy all my records from this shop.’

The singer then spent more than half an hour signing dozens of copies of his new album.