Live Review: Bastille @ Manchester Academy

Bastille are my new favourite band of the moment and I may be biased, but I honestly cannot think of a bad word to say about their gig at Manchester Academy on the 5th of March.

The four piece band headed by the charismatic dream boat of a lead singer Dan Smith has shot to fame and popularity in recent months supporting big name acts like Emile Sande and Two Door Cinema Club.  The band has received attention through  Youtube and the Guardian recently named them band of the day.

Many of their songs have been sampled on popular TV shows such as Vampire Diaries, Dancing on Ice and Made in Chelsea.

Lead singer, Dan Smith, demonstrates goosepimpling vocals and on many occasions I had to remind myself that he was in fact singing live and I wasn’t listening to a recording.  The atmosphere at the gig was electric and it was amazing to see his audience singing every word to every song.  The band are instantly likable and it’s clear to see that they are genuinely humbled by the level of appreciation their fans have for their music.  If anything, I think they are all still a bit in disbelief about their success!

The show was arguably the best act I have seen live and the use of the beating drum through their live set was great for getting the crowd in the mood.  They opened the set with ‘Bad Blood’ and finished with their last single ‘Flaws’.  Their cover of the The classics ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’/ ‘Rythym of the Night‘ had the whole room bouncing about mid set and their firm fan favourite cover of City High’s ‘What would you do’ was another the crowd went crazy for.

During the set, a few people fainted, presumably from the heat of the pit- but I can’t help comparing the fainting fans to that of the Beatles.  Similarly, Bastille fans are slavish in the fandom and their chanting back of every word as if the lyric is a spell is reflective of this.

Bastille are humble, make great music and good lyrics with a strong beat behind every number.  My favourite moment had to be Dan Smith descending from the stage and mixing in with audience for a little boogie to ‘Flaws’ which I’m sure must have caused another fit of fainting amongst the die hard fans.

The future has great things in store for this band and I’m counting down the days for my next Bastille day!

Their current single ‘Pompeii’ has charted at number 2 last week, who knows what is in store for them this week!

Supports Ms Mr from Brooklyn is notewothy, Ramona Flowers however wasn’t.


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