Bastille, The 1975 Reignite iTunes Festival
REVIEW: 2013's biggest breakthrough bands play Camden's Roundhouse...
Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 22:42
Feeling: This evening’s support act The 1975 are celebrating their self-titled debut album going straight to number 1, with frontman Matt Healy telling the Roundhouse crowd they had a “properly mental day” and playing such an iconic venue was a “lovely way” to cap it all off.
Bastille knew exactly how the Manchester boys were feeling, with their debut LP Bad Blood topping the UK album chart back in March. And tonight’s show was dedicated to fans of both bands who care about new, brilliant British music.
Look: The 1975 are all stylish in black, with drummer George Daniel’s sports top and leopard-skin bass drum the only exceptions.
Londoners Bastille have a similar look – Dan Smith and his bandmates are rocking black tees featuring cool prints. Behind them are eight spotlights on stands and a four-piece female orchestra, with the latter adding a touch of class to their headline set.
Tunes: Both bands blast out plenty of songs from their debut records, but they don’t disregard the EPs which built their fanbase.
The 1975 play Head.Cars.Bending from Music for Cars and Bastille include two wicked covers – City High’s one-hit wonder What Would You Do? from 2001 and their club classics mash Of the Night (Rhythm Is a Dancer before blending in Rhythm of the Night) as green lasers light up the Roundhouse.
Banter: Early on Healy thanks fans who have been “involved” with their album this week, saying how proud they’re feeling right now with The 1975’s four members playing together for 10 years.
Bastille’s Smith is more shy and speaks quietly to the crowd, admitting they never thought they would be headlining an iTunes Festival show. He also describes The 1975 as “wicked guys” and can’t hide his excitement over their album’s chart position.
When the band leave at the end of their set, they return literally seconds later from possibly the shortest pre-encore break ever! “I absolutely hate doing that” Smith then admits.
Sweat Factor: Despite Healy throwing himself about on-stage and thrashing his guitar while standing on Daniel’s drums, the crowd (although definitely enjoying it) aren’t sweating much.
It’s also pretty cool for Bastille, until the amazing moment Smith pulls his grey hoody over his head and walks into and across the crowd while singing Flaws. You don’t get many frontmen prepared to do that!
Summary: Bastille’s major success this year has clearly taken them by surprise and initially they seemed a bit nervous, with Smith’s voice quite strained at times. But the band got better and ended really strongly.
Cheered on by Healy’s proud peroxide blonde mum Denise Welch, this was deservedly The 1975’s day and tonight they just outshone the headliners.
The 1975 setlist:
Things We Lost in the Fire
What Would You Do?
Weight of Living, Pt. II
Of the Night
Ben Lowe @mtvuknews
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