was the day Jamie Cullum fans had been waiting for. The chance to
see their idol up close and personal in the intimate environs of
The Apartment nightclub in Swindon.
association with BBC Radio Swindon, Jamie played a special 'Audience
with Jamie Cullum' gig to help raise money for Children in Need.
300 tickets were snapped up in just 20 minutes when they went on
sale two weeks ago. Generous gig-goers also dug deep and donated
much more to the charity on the day.
here for a gallery of images
from the gig
gig was a sort of homecoming for Jamie who has enjoyed a whirlwind
year. Just 12 months ago he was playing The Apartment and other
local venues as a virtual unknown.
then, he won a £1m recording contract with Universal Records,
played all around the globe and saw his debut album 'Twentysomething'
hit the number three spot in the UK charts.
Radio Swindon's Sandy Martin and Shelley Keen hosted the event and
between songs asked Jamie questions sent in by listeners.
went on to wow The Apartment with a superlative show featuring his
most well-known numbers including 'I Get a Kick Out of You' and
'What a Difference a Day Made'.
also found time to include a festive classic 'Let it Snow'. Jamie
also vowed to keep on playing as long as people continued to donate
money to Children in Need. The show eventually over-ran by 30 minutes!
the link below to listen to selected highlights from the gig in
streaming Real Audio.
here to listen to highlights from the gig
was Jamie's last gig of 2003 but his plans for world domination
continue in earnest early in the New Year.