Tom Odell surprises Leeds with a freestyle verse about burgers at intimate gig

A nice claim to fame for Slap and Pickle there.

The Another Love singer performed in Leeds earlier this week.

Kicking off the 25-year celebrations at The Wardrobe, Singer songwriter Tom Odell was spotted in Leeds on Tuesday night performing his best-known hits.

The intimate audience of just 400 fans were treated to a one-off night by the piano before Odell heads across Europe as well as headlining huge summer shows at the 3Arena in Dublin, The Alexandra Palace in London and our very own The Piece Hall in Halifax.

The singer rose to fame back in 2012 with his iconic album Another Love, shortly after he won the BRITS Critic’s Choice Award which firmly confirmed his place as one of the hottest indie musicians of the moment.

Odell performed eleven songs in total in Leeds, including a cover of Phoebe Bridgers’ Motion Sickness, as well as breaking into song, taking inspiration from the most unlikely of places.

The burger menu from upstairs.

Odell, who at first appeared unfamiliar with Leeds-born burger joint Slap and Pickle, said to the crowd “I’ve got the burger menu here” holding the vegetarian and vegan side to the crowd.

Someone from the crowd shouted “the burgers are good”, and to the surprise of the audience, the artist replied “are they good yeah?” and started to play a calming tune on the piano, preparing the serenade the options available.

Between laughs and interludes of clapping from the audience, Odell sang: “oh its delicious, vegan too… you can have the veggie option”

“American cheese or American tomatoes, chilli sauce or mayo… oh dear”

And the crowd roared.

The full video can be found on The Hoot Leeds’ TikTok below:

@thehootleeds Tom Odell spotted at @The Wardrobe | Leeds last night singing about Slap and Pickle burgers. 😮🍔 📹: The Wardrobe Leeds #leeds #thewardrobe #thewardrobeleeds #audio #viral #fyp #tomodell #slapandpickle #burger #2024tour #livemusic #anotherlove #vegan #veggie #burgers ♬ original sound – Thehootleeds

So, what are these burgers in question? Slap and Pickle has been around Leeds for well over a decade, operating first as Dogtown, a giant loaded hot dog street food venture, before diversifying into the burger business.

burger lheld to camera.
Image: The Hoot Leeds

Slap and Pickle is best known in Leeds for its filthy smash burgers, loaded fries and extensive vegan range – and has seen its fair share of venue takeovers over the last few years.Slap and Pickle now operate inside The Venue in Horsforth, Brooklyn on Call Lane, as well as at and serving at The Wardrobe, curing those pre-gig hunger pangs and appetite for a hearty bottomless brunch on the weekends.

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It’s going to be a very special year at The Wardrobe, and Tom Odell’s performance is just the start. With the likes of The Libertines and hundreds of gigs, comedy shows, talks and more already confirmed for the year, The 25th year at the much-loved music venue is set to be one of its biggest to date.

Feature Image – The Wardrobe Leeds

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