hmv.com reviews… OneRepublic @ London’s O2 Arena
Still riding the success of their multi-million selling album Native, OneRepublic rolled into town last night as they brought their first ever UK arena tour to London. We were there to review it all…
OneRepublic, Colarado rockers, seller of many, many records.
The O2 Arena, London’s biggest tent.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
About two thirds full, the whole top of the arena was closed off, but the standing and lower seating were pretty full.
The crowd was a little sedate, but they warmed up when the rockier cuts started flying out.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The band ran through the best bits from their three records, with a slighty heavier emphasis on new record Native (which you can preview on the right of the page). 'Stop And Stare', 'Apologize' and 'Something I Need' were all fired out in quick succession. They then took us download a little lane made out of covers, running through Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' and a rollicking rendition of George Ezra's 'Budapest'.
They really got the crowd fired up with big-time renditions of 'Counting Stars' and 'Feel Again', before encoreing with a fearsome 'Love Runs Out' and 'If I Lose Myself'.
Any good between song banter?
Not much, Tedder was on quiet form, but he did thank the crowd a lot, as singers tend to do.
Did they put on much of a show?
An impressive array of lights and video screens, as well as a very dramatic opening, with the band playing behind a curtain in silhouette, before it fell spectacularly as 'Light It Up' kicked in.
What was the highlight of the set?
OneRepublic are quite a 'Stand there and play' kind of outfit, so Ryan Tedder's own personal hoe-down at the end of 'Counting Stars' was a real highlight.
Where can I catch them next?
They're heading out for a full European run now, it starts in Paris.