REVIEW: Bastille - Plymouth Pavilions 03/03/14

The photo I was most proud of taking, I am pretty sure this was during Laura Palmer.
Around the beginning of last year I discovered my love for live music. There is just something about it, the foot-stompingly good vibe or the different layers in the sound that you don't seem to get with music that has been altered through the use of a computer. I can never seem to put into words the feeling of thrill and excitement I get as I stand in a room packed full of people, and a singer or band I have been devotedly listening to walks on stage right in front of me to the sound of a roaring satisfaction from the crowd. So, being the type of person to walk into HMV for a browse and walk out with four albums I took it upon myself to go to more gigs and really experience the feeling of joy that always occurs at the pit of my stomach.

Last Monday, I travelled straight from school up to Plymouth to see Bastille- a band that I've been listening to and loving for an awfully long time. I should probably apologise to all my friends at school that are kind enough to put up with me ranting on about it, but alike all other concerts I've been to, it was absolutely incredible.

Brother & Bones performing - taken by Bastille drummer
 Woody from backstage.
After being situated about 7 rows from the front, I couldn't breathe, literally. I don't know whether it was from anticipation, or plain fear of being trapped within a crowd but I always hate the first forty five minutes or so of waiting for the first support act. It seems to be a fact that I always have someone's hair in my face at some point in time as I stand in the crowd, and yet again I had the experience of someone's ponytail whipping at my face but that is something I've grown to live with after dealing with it many a time. Of course, it's all worthwhile in the end.

Suddenly, at around eight o'clock the first support act, who's name I didn't quite catch at the time but have recently found out to be Brothers & Bones, ventured on to the stage. My first thought was how incredible the variety of facial hair was. I'm not normally a beard-lover, but it just suited their songs. Hats of to them, for managing to get what at most gigs is a motionless crowd standing in wait of their main act clapping alongside them. They're music, in my mind, can only be described as a mix between Mumford and Sons, a lot of guitar and a wild amount of percussion. I only managed to catch the name of one song, To Be Alive, which has already made it's way to become the newest addition of my 'songs to download from iTunes' list.

Angel Haze during her collaboration with Bastille.
After the room had partaken in a sing-along to a fantastic array of music which lead from The Kaiser Chiefs to Chvrches and Haim, whilst the stage was re-set, Angel Haze stood on stage, set to perform. Angel Haze is an American rapper and lyricist, and originally, knowing she was too perform worried me as I'm not a massive fan of rappers. I've never been more wrong in my life! Her stage presence and audience interaction was absolutely insane. Her incredible lyrics and ability to jump all over the stage complemented each other so well, and lead to well deserved shouts of appreciation. I began to think there wasn't anything more she could possibly do to prove my original opinion wrong, she proceeded to jump down to the barrier, and sing whilst holding the hands of many different crowd members! She also returned part way through Bastille's performance, performing alongside them in a new song called Weapon, which we can look forward to the release of in the nearby future.

Dan, holding the camera to his face in The Silence.
After another break, filled with some well-chosen songs, Bastille were suddenly on stage, with a large triangle revealed behind them. They were welcomed by the screams and cheers of the crowd, whom had seemed to come alive from the well fitting support acts. Bastille also stood out to me with their lack of hesitation whilst interacting with the crowd. Dan went as far as to make his was through the mob of people during Flaws. Throughout the performance, the triangle behind them was projecting either the music video, or a live stream of the room through a variety of cameras. Throughout The Silence, Dan pointed the camera at the end of his microphone across the crowd, occasionally turning it around so his face filled the large triangle. 

Each song was matched with perfectly suited lighting, if the song and video was more moving, the lighting would be low and light. On the other hand, for songs like Weight of Living, Pt. II, the energetic atmosphere was mirrored through the use of bright green flashing lights throughout. The more enthusiastic the song, the livelier the lighting became to match.

My highlight of the evening was their performance Of The Night, which consisted of Dan getting the whole room crouched on the floor, before jumping as high as they could for the chorus. The whole room was getting in the spirit of things, each person trying to bounce higher than the next. 
Bastille's Performance, taken by Brother & Bones from the back of the Pavilions.

It was great to see the whole room to come together and support a band they loved, before coming together in their own rendition of "GREEN ARMY", with the drummer Woody, who is from Plymouth. Absolutely fantastic evening, enjoyed every minute. As we have now come to the conclusion I have a rather large soft spot for live music- another 10/10 for another live concert.

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