hmv reviews… Elbow @ Birmingham's LG Arena
Elbow kicked off their UK arena tour on Saturday night in Birmingham in support of their new record The Take Off And Landing Of Everything and we were there to review things. Take it all in…
Elbow. Once thought as the most underrated band in Britain, now bona-fide arena headliners.
Birmingham's LG Arena, big old enormodome just outside the UK's second city.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Pretty much sold out with only a few spare seats at the very back going unoccupied. The crowd were very polite and receptive, lapping up every word that came out of frontman Guy Garvey's mouth.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The set leant very heavily on The Take Off And Landing Of Everything and their previous record Build A Rocket Boys!, with the other cuts coming from their Mercury winning record The Seldom Seen Kid. Backed by a full brass and string section, the band wowed the crowd with soaring renditions of 'The Bones Of You', 'New York Morning' and 'Mirrorball'.
It was quite relaxed, with things only really getting up-tempo during 'Grounds For Divorce', not that this detracted from anything, with the closing double act of 'Lippy Kids' and a stirring 'One Day Like This' proving to be glorious.
Any good between song banter?
Tonnes of it, Garvey likes to chat between songs and told plenty of stories, cracked a few jokes and wound the crowd up when it mattered. He's got a gentle, wisecracking demeanour, it suits the band perfectly.
Did they put on much of a show?
It was impressive, but restrained, much like Elbow. A nice big video screen and balloons at the end. No fireworks.
What was the highlight of the set?
'Grounds For Divorce', it sounded absolutely immense and had everyone on their feet.
Where can I catch them next?
They've got six dates left on their UK tour, then you'll able to catch them at a number of the summer's festivals, including Glastonbury and V Festival.
Elbow's new album The Take Off And Landing Of Everything is out now and you can preview it by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page.