Ten Tonnes – Scala London (Live Review)

~ 05/02/2019 ~

Jordan Rodwell

Few bands are able to sell out the 800 capacity Scala without an album but that’s just what Ten Tonnes (aka Ethan Barnett) has achieved.

After finding acclaim supporting Tom Grennan and Stereophonics last year, Ten Tonnes has found himself being touted as one to watch in 2019. The melting pot of radio-friendly, indie-disco tunes have even merited inclusion in Radio X’s ‘X-Posure’ list.

‘Born to Lose’, the first song of the night, automatically connects the young singer with the crowd; each seemingly singing in unity. The excitement of the crowd is obviously visible as the dancefloor opens up and closes routinely with every chorus. 

Throughout, the mixture of already released songs (such as the all too catchy ‘Cracks Between’), and yet to be released songs, are met with equal attention and enthusiasm. It’s rare that bands are able to keep this up, a sure sign of the infectious likeability of Ten Tonnes

Towards the end of the set, the summer-vibes of ‘G.I.V.E’ is met with the loudest sing-a-long of the night, as will probably be the case at most festivals this year. As the final song ‘Lucy’ reaches its close, balloons are dispersed from the ceiling onto the crowd below – like the biggest party in London. 

Within an hour, Ten Tonnes has proven why he is surely one to watch for the future. With a debut album out on 5th April, accompanied by a supporting tour, it won’t be long before Ten Tonnes is selling out venues significantly larger than the Scala. Catch him while you can…

(Review byJordan Rodwell)


Ten Tonnes releases his self-titled debut album on 5th April. Pre-order bundles available now: