hmv.com reviews... Clean Bandit @ London's O2 Academy Brixton
Last night (October 30th), one of the UK's biggest breakout bands, Clean Bandit played their biggest show to date at Brixton Academy, we were there to take it all in...
Clean Bandit, classical/hip-hop/dance fusionists. Sellers of many, many singles.
London’s Brixton Academy, the iconic venue in the heart of South London.
Any good supports?
Years & Years kicked things off with a well-attended and brisk set. Their Friendly Fires esque day-glo pop was a little rough, but there are some big tunes there.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was absolutely sold out, with touts combing the pavements looking for suckers desperate for a ticket.
Those who did make it inside were a curious mixture of parents and kids, and couples in their 20s and 30s. They all, however, went wild for Clean Bandit, especially the second half of the set.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The band ran through almost the entirety of their debut album New Eyes (which you can preview on the right-hand side of the page), kicking off with slighty wonky calypso 'A&E' before moving into 'Real Love', their second high-profile collaboration with Jess Glynne, who sadly wasn't there to sing it with them.
They then worked through a few middle cuts from New Eyes, before things really got going with a double of 'Extraordinary' and 'Heart On Fire'. From there on out it was high-octane stuff, with 'Mozart's House', their stirring cover of Robin.S's 'Show Me Love' and the closing 'Rather Be' all sending the crowd home delirious.
Any good between song banter?
Clean Bandit themselves said nothing, not a thing. Their touring vocalists Florence Rawlings and Elisabeth Troy thanked the crowd on quite a few occasions, but the band don't have much banter in their locker. Oh well.
Did they put on much of a show?
The stage was decorated with some lovely lights and huge rig in the shape of the triangle that sits upon the album's cover. But no fireworks or confetti this time.
What was the highlight of the set?
That would be the monent when the band motored from 'Extraordinary' into 'Heart On Fire' and the place went bonkers.
Where can I catch them next?
They've got one more show left of their UK run tomorrow in Belfast (November 1st) and then they're off on a full European tour.