hmv.com reviews... Bastille @ London's Somerset House
The series of summer shows at London's Somerset House continued last night (July 15th) with a sold-out show from Bastille, we were there to review things...
Bastille, big-selling maestros of pop, currently nearing the end of their tour in support of debut album Bad Blood (which you can preview on the right hand side of the page).
Somerset House, in the grounds.
Any good supports?
Kyla La Grange opened proceedings with a steady set that previewed her new album Cut Your Teeth. She doesn’t represent anything particularly different, with tracks that sound like the sum of Lykke Li, Florence Welch and Bat For Lashes, but she’s got a great voice and plenty of groove.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was as full as full could be, with plenty of folks wandering the streets carrying signs that read ‘Tickets wanted’. As for the crowd who did make it in, they were quite timid at first and took quite a while to warm up, but, by the time the end of the set rolled around though, they were jumping and bouncing in unison.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Bastille have toured relentlessly since the release of Bad Blood and motor on like a well-oiled machine. Kicking off with a triple-volley of ‘Bad Blood’, ‘Weight Of Living Pt. II’ and ‘Laura Palmer’, the band worked their way through most of the record, including various cuts from the extended edition they put out last year. New single ‘Oblivion’ and a hammering ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’ came later, as did a particularly brilliant ‘The Draw’.
Frontman Dan Smith was on good form, leaping around the stage constantly, even in the early stages when the crowd was pretty static. He also leapt into the crowd right before the encore to sing ‘Flaws’ in amongst the punters.
The band brought out a special guest in rising star Ella Eyre, who sang with them on ‘No Angels’, their mash-up of TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’ and The XX’s ‘Angels’. Smith looked a little awkward rapping, but the pair’s voices gelled nicely. They ended with a riotous version of ‘Pompeii’,
Any good between song banter?
Not loads during the set, but during the encore, the band celebrated the fact it was Smith’s birthday the day before by bringing out a cake and getting the crowd to sing happy birthday to him. Not exactly banter, but nice nonetheless.
Did they put on much of a show?
A lovely big light show and some flashy visuals, it complimented the show nicely.
What was the highlight of the set?
There were a few, but ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’ sounded especially huge.
Where can I catch them next?
The band are playing just about every festival they can this summer, including V and Tennant’s Vital.
Bastille's debut album is out now in hmv stores.