This live review is slightly different to the others featured on this site; mainly as we missed many of the bands due to coach times. This gig, headlined by Faux, at The Joiners in Southampton certainly began brilliantly. Death By Shotgun kicked off the night, followed by a band called Polary both of whom captivated the audience at one of my all-time favourite venues.
PVRIS’s largest headliner to date at O2 Academy Brixton was insane. I haven’t been to this venue since Panic! At The Disco played here, but PVRIS really owned the stage. Being sat in the Circle meant that we had an amazing view of the entire stage and the energetic crowd below. There were theatrics, a killer light show, and just fabulous performances.
Jon Bellion took London by storm. His ‘Human Condition Tour’ hit the O2 Shepherds Bush last week and blew everyone away. The venue had been upgraded due to popular demand and was packed from front to back, there didn’t seem to be a single space in the entire venue. He was supported on the night by Blaque Keyz, who has featured in many songs with Jon in the past. This show was unforgettable.
Dodie’s headlining show at The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth was to support the release of her debut EP ‘Intertwined‘. Alongside her was Rusty Clanton, another YouTuber from Nashville. These two fitted together seamlessly and stole the attention of everyone in the room. The venue was lovely; perfect for two twinkly indie singers. It was packed from front to back, with people (like me) sitting on top of tables in order to see the stage.
This show was an odd one; for once it was the opening acts I was there to see rather than With Confidence. Broadside are a band I’ve been following for a while and was overjoyed to get the chance to see this incredible pop-punk band live. Milestones are a band who I had discovered quite recently and loved. However, as with most shows, each band was incredible in their own right and a true pleasure to watch. The show brought in a range of pop-punk sounds, even venturing into other genre’s with Safe To Say. Joiners was a brilliant venue for all these bands, allowing an intimacy which really played into their hands when winning over the crowd.
twenty one pilots’ two nights at Alexandra Palace marked the 3rd and 4th time of seeing them live and they did not disappoint. When empty, the venue itself seemed far too large to fill, but within half an hour the place was packed from wall to wall. People were pressed up against each other, pushing to try and get to the barricade. The band owned these two shows, leaving all those who attended desperately wanting more.
Hands Like Houses’ show at Southampton’s Joiners was a last minute affair, organised due to the cancellation of Of Mice And Men’s ‘Cold World’ Tour. Though it was more than worth it, the intimate venue provided a chance for newer fans to catch them in a new light. Support for the night came from up-coming band Glass Foundations.
Despite Of Mice And Men having to cut the set short due to lead singer Austin Carlisle’s condition, this was still an amazing show. Both Crown The Empire and Hands Like Houses had the crowd dancing, singing and screaming like a headline band would. The Pyramid Centre itself was lovely, filled with brilliant staff (including everyone’s favourite dancing security guard). I can’t wait to see these acts again and to attend more shows at the Pyramid Centre.
Of Mice and Men will headline Portsmouth’s Pyramid Centre celebrating the release of their latest album ‘Cold World’.
The New Faces Tour has always brought together a group of insanely talented musicians and this year was no different. Adam French, Matt Woods, The Beach and Rukhsana Merrise all put on a brilliant show and being able to see them all together was brilliant. These guys are certainly going to get bigger and I recommend trying to see all of them live while they are still playing intimate gigs like this one.
Matt Woods started off the night beautifully, I fell in love with his voice from the first song and found it impossible to look away. Each and every song was delivered with emotion and meaning, including a stunning cover of ‘Hey Ya’ that was out of this world. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for new music and highly recommend catching him live – try not to shed a tear while he’s up there though.
I’d not heard of Rukhsana Merrise before, but she was fantastic. She had a brilliant energy on stage that had people bobbing along happily. I really loved her set, I thought she was different from everyone else and brought her own special energy to the stage that was just infectious. This is undoubtedly someone that you need to check out, below is her cover of The Weeknd’s ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’.
I’ve been a fan of Adam French for a while now, but this was the first time I saw him live and it did not disappoint. There is always something magical about seeing a song being performed rather than listening to a recording or watching a video, and there was definitely that feeling with these songs. The intimate setting made the songs feel even more beautiful and emotive and as usual seeing them live made me love Adam French even more. If you get the chance to see him live then I highly recommend it – it’s not a performance you want to miss.
The night ended just as brilliantly as it started. The Beach were last to play and it was hard not to dance along to these catchy songs. There was a brilliant energy in the room as these guys closed the night. The Beach will be playing at Reading and Leeds festival this year and I highly recommend getting down to see him play.
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