Darren Gibbs delivers his verdict on an energetic performance by chart-topping rockers Bastille, at the 02 Academy in Leeds.
As you could tell by the sell-out status of this packed gig at the Academy, Bastille have become immensely popular over the last year.
Arriving on stage to the accompaniment of the Twin Peaks theme tune, and a screaming frenzy even The Beatles would have been proud of, only confirmed this. Just two songs in they launched into one of their biggest hits this year, ‘Things We lost In The Fire’. Talk about striking while the iron’s hot.
Frontman Dan Smith needn’t have sung – as the capacity crowd did this for him. In fact, the vocals were drowned out by the lively crowd for most of the night. The only slight drop came halfway through their set while running through a number of new tunes that didn’t feature on their number one debut album Bad Blood. But even those had Bastille’s anthemic, catchy quality to them.
Dressed in a grey hoody, Smith decided his final song, before the inevitable encore, would be better sung in the crowd, and so decided to climb down and walk round the barriers into the jumping, packed mass. Why? No idea. But it seemed to go down well with the hundreds trying to get a feel before he’d had enough.
If there was ever a night where a crowd deserved an encore, this was it. The band had played and performed well, but the crowd had more than played their part in making this evening electric.
After a needless mash up of dance classics ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’ and ‘Rhythm of the Night’, the much anticipated smash hit ‘Pompeii’ sent the crowd wilder than ever. Put it this way: if they hadn’t have played it, I can think of somewhere else which would have ended up covered in ash and rubble!
Overall this was an excellent, energetic performance, let down only slightly by a few needless covers.
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