Photo by Tim Ferguson

This is the biggest event promoters Bird on the Wire have put on to date and boy have they smashed it. The Coronet is sold out and heaving, as a diverse and eager crowd have swarmed to see the Norwegian wonder Erlend Oye's electronic offering - The Whitest Boy Alive. Being a modern folk God and deejay extraordinaire is obviously not enough to keep this man busy - and are we ever grateful for that.

Tonight he takes a smoke filled stage to perform tracks from his two albums 2006's Dreams and 2009's Rules. Impressive to see a venue this rammed for a band who've not released new material in three years. To call Oye a cult icon would be something of an understatement. As the band take the stage, he steps forward to look the front row in the eye. The crowd go mental. They go even more berserk when he actually speaks "Hello London. We're The Whitest Boy Alive from Berlin" as the band burst in to 'High on the Heels'.

Oye only has to move his arms in the vague gesture of a dance and the crowd cheer. New song 'Upside Down' which Oye explains "has an African influence" is sweet and incredibly catchy. Oye teaches the crowd the choir part so everyone can sing along. The heady influence of Paul Simon is strong and welcomed.

Erlend tells a story "So we arrived today at Heathrow airport, the new terminal, very nice.." but he decided to hang his feet out of the car window and now he's lost his shoes. "So here I am in hotel slippers...." on this revelation someone from the crowd throws him their shoe. It is too small so Erlend throws it back to him "Thanks to the generous and not so smelly man."

Bassist Marcin Oz launches into 'Gravity' and it becomes obvious that even their sad, serious soulful efforts sound like a party. 'Time Bomb' is the onomatopoeia of songs, delivered with such sincerity that even the most gangly of men can seem sultry. Playing jazz funk chords is one thing but the electro influences are not forgotten with piano chords from Depeche Mode's 'Enjoy the Silence' being played amidst tracks.

Their short interlude of an "Outta Space" cover is a highlight - as is the mighty "Burning", the gorgeous "1517" and the encore of R Kelly’s “Ignition”. Although how can you select just a few moments from a show like this I don’t know. One thing I'm now certain of is this - the thing that draws so many people to Erlend Oye and Whitest Boy Alive, or indeed any of his musical outlets -is the absolutely joyous way he delivers his wares. No ego. No agenda. He loves music and he is having fun. And holy cow - so are we.