May 9, 2014

hmv.com reviews… Little Dragon @ The Great Escape
by James
James
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hmv.com reviews… Little Dragon @ The Great Escape

Who?

Little Dragon, Swedish purveyors of synth pop / indietronica from Gothenburg.

Where?

Coalition, Brighton seafront @ The Great Escape

Was it full? And how were the crowd?

The place was absolutely heaving, with queues stretching down the beach in both directions full of fans eager to get a glimpse.

So what was the set like? What did they play?

Putting in a bit of a shift by TGE standards, the set was 45 minutes packed with a selection of songs from their back catalogue, most of them taken from Ritual Union and Machine Dreams. They did squeeze in at least one new song though, a Moog-driven number which sounded amazing - think DEVO meets SBTRKT and you’re in the ballpark.

Any good between song banter?

Not much actually, other than to say hello and introduce a couple of the songs. Instead they kept it cool and got on with churning out their synth pop at tinnitus-inducing volume levels.

Did they put on much of a show?

Singer Yukimi Nagano was pretty lively, dancing around the stage throughout while belting out her trademark vocals, which sounded awesome.

What was the highlight of the set?

The audience went wild when they played Ritual Union just before the end of their set, clearly the biggest crowd-pleaser of the evening.

Where can I catch them next?

Well, it might be a while unless you’re planning a trip to the States in the next couple of weeks, as the band are off to North America for a tour kicking off at Kool Haus in Toronto on May 10th and ending in New York at Terminal 5 on June 21st. They’ll also be appearing at North Coast music festival in Chicago from August 29th - 31st.

Little Dragon - Klapp Klapp

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