GIG REVIEW: Bombay Bicycle Club with support from Peace @ Earls Court on 13 Dec. 2014

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I was looking forward to seeing Peace just as much as I was looking forward to seeing Bombay Bicycle Club and they didn’t disappoint. Tonight was my first time seeing both bands and they were both brilliant.

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Firstly, Peace.

Unfortunately I missed the first two songs on their set, therefore the first song I saw was // Money which was a thoroughly enjoyable performance. Smooth and quiet sensual.

My favourite performance of theirs was their cover of Led Zepplin // Since I’ve Been Loving You. This performance was very instrumental which made it very pleasing to watch and hear. They definitely did the cover justice.

Bombay Bicycle Club.
Three word review: Unique, Fun, Crowd Engaging

Bombay Bicycle Club were a lot of fun. Very instrumental and quirky; very talented musicians. Vocally flawless- voices both very delicate but very powerful.

My favourite performance: Feel. A thoroughly enjoyable performance, a lot of fun and energy. Probably my favourite song of their most recent album // So Long, See You Tomorrow.

Highlights: They had 3 special guests who performed alongside them. These were: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmore; Ray Morris & Lucy Rose. The collaborations were incredible. Their ability to sing in harmony with a range of different vocalists was spot on, superb.

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The BBC Music Awards @ Earls Court on 11 Dec. 2014

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I was so lucky to attend the first EVER BBC Music Awards! The line up was exceptional- global superstars who all gave brilliant performances, captivating the thousands of people who watched.

Only three awards were handed out: British Artist of the Year, International Artist of the Year (which were both deliberated over by a panel of experts including leading music journalists) and Song of the Year.

The line up included: Coldplay, Ella Henderson, Labrinth, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Paloma Faith, Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris, John Newman, George Ezra Will.I.Am, Take That, Sir Tom Jones, Clean Bandit, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The BBC Orchestra and Gregory Porter.

Three word review: Memorable, Captivating & Immense Talent

Highlights:
The first performance of the night was Coldplay // A Sky Full Of Stars. The band began to perform the song, however Chris Martin was not on stage. The screens then revealed him backstage and he began to sing, dance & make his way through the corridors to the stage. The crowd were all given wrist bands on entrance to the venue which lit the arena creating the effect of ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’. The atmosphere was phenomenal.

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Another performance I thoroughly enjoyed was George Ezra’s Budapest. His tremendously deep voice alongside his acoustic guitar had the crowd engaged and captivated by his summer hit.

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Paloma Faith gave breath taking performances // Only God Knows (with Sir Tom Jones) // Only Love Can Hurt Like This & Changing (ft Sigma). Elegantly dressed, positioned at the top of a platform, Paloma slowly walked down the stairs singing beautifully (Only Love Can Hurt Like This) which transitioned into the upbeat dance hit // Changing when she reached the stage. Her performance was incredible & gave me goosebumps.

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The finale of the night was a spectacular performance of Tom Jones// Only God Knows, in which Paloma performed alongside him. The two belted the classic song. Their voices in combination was exceptional.

The awards ceremony was spectacular. The only thing which would have made it better in my opinion would have been a live performance from Royal Blood. Although they were mentioned throughout the night and nominated for an Award, the evening was missing a rock performance.

Catfish & The Bottlemen @ Brighton Concorde II on 9 Dec. 2014

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I was overwhelmed by how superb their performance was. This was my first experience seeing C&TB live and I will definitely up for more live performances from them.

Van McCann was vocally flawless- an incredible, gravelly, booming voice!

The set chosen included songs from their debut album (The Balcony, 2014) which has been a huge success for the band, charting at no. 10 in The Official UK Albums Chart in Sept. 2014.

3 word review: Energetic, Loud & Uplifting

Song of the night: Cocoon
Why? Cocoon was played towards the end of the set, therefore the crowd were pumped and full of energy. The energy of the performance created a fantastically loud atmosphere in which everyone was singing along/ fist pumping/ jumping around etc.

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