GIG REVIEW: The Wombats @ Alexandra Palace 01/10/2015

 
Portaloos, overpriced cider, an array of fast food eateries, band tees and a crowd of fans with sequins glued in an ‘S’ around their eyes… The festival vibe was somewhat created despite being in a 19th century Palace. Recent memories of The Wombats at Reading 2015 instantly flooded back and I could not wait for their set to begin. 

This was the bands first, 10,000+ capacity gig… Exciting to be part of, huh?

  

Following the release of their latest, top 5 Album, the trio performed a strong set of singalongs, inclusive of 9 “Glitterbug” tracks.

Catchy. Up beat. Feel-good. I found myself singing along to their unconventional, slightly random but melodic lyrics. 

The highlights

  • Jump Into The Fog
  • The English Summer
  • Techno Fan

For me, these are the 3 which were most memorable. 

Firstly, Jump Into The Fog, which reached the UKs Top 40 Singles Chart the year it was debuted was my favourite performance of the night. I guess it’s those personal ties and reasons which connect you to a song, and for me, this is ‘one of those songs’. Jump Into The Fog was the first song I ever learned to play full-length on the drums and for that reason it remains to be my favourite Wombats track. Alongside having a personal achievement attached to it, I think it’s undeniabley a favourite for most fans of the band.

Next up, The English Summer.  Catchy, synthless (unusual for post-debut-album Wombats, right?) with a strong vibe of  A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation.  The shortest track of their 2015 release Glitterbug but definitely one of the most effective. Epigrammatic. Short but sweet.

Finally, Techno Fan, which you may recognise following the use of it in EasyJet’s TV ad in 2011. (That’s if you’re not totally familiar with the band, or, if this provoked you to download This Modern Glitch). A track that sucks you in and gets you hooked. Cheesy. Up-beat. Summery. Feel-good. 

(YouTube // easyJet // The Wombats)

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GIG REVIEW: Florence & The Machine @ Alexandra Palace, London 21/09/2015

  

Day 1 of a four day sell out at London’s Alexandra Palace: What. A. Show. 

Non-stop anthems. Flawless talent. Atmospheric. Loud. Creative. 

Firstly, the venue. Alexandra Palace is a great standing venue with a brilliant view for all. Great acoustics, sound and lighting. The only negative is its location. Not a direct journey on the tube nor an underground station directly nearby. But what’s an uphill jog to a gig when you’re seeing one of London’s finest vocalists? 

 
 

9.10pm: the lights dimmed, the crowd roared and the band took to the stage.  The backdrop glistened, casting light upon their iconic harp and the spotlight shone on front woman, Florence Welch. Barefoot & dressed in a satin co-ord made up from flared pants and a matching waist coat. The show began, opening with What The Water Gave Me followed by their third studio albums (How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful) leading single Ship To Wreck

The whole show was brilliant. A very energetic performance full of pirouettes, leaps & tiptoe sprinting across the stage. A mixture of singalong anthems and acoustic solos.  A contrasting yet balanced variety of powerful and delicate tones. She was flawless. They were incredible.

The Highlights:

  • Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
  • Cosmic Love
  • Dog Days Are Over

For me, these songs stood out the most. Two of the above are very established, recognisable anthems, which had the the crowd belting the lyrics alongside Florence. The other, more delicate had the audience was awe-stricken by her breathtaking vocal range and ability.