Thoughts on Clean Bandit

On Wednesday evening I was able to visit the O2 Academy in Birmingham to see the brilliant Clean Bandit live.

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The venue itself was surprisingly small, allowing for those on the ground level to see the band even from the back. We had little obstructions and could see well for the entire show.

The concert started with the support act, Years and Years. This band performed a good set, with the singer engaging a lot with the crowd. Then it wasn’t long before Clean Bandit were welcomed to the stage.

Throughout the performance Clean Bandit demonstrated what it is that makes them unique. They were accompanied on stage by orchestral music, and almost every song began with Neil and Grace showing the audience their talents with the violin and cello respectively.

Since Clean Bandit’s songs often feature collaborations, the band regularly bring in cover vocalists. On this occasion, Florence Rawlings and Elisabeth Troy do an excellent job of keeping the crowd entertained, as well as providing excellent versions of each song performed.

Another thing that makes the band unique, aside from their clever merge of classical and electronic music, is the fact that each song is different. The set ranged from the laid-back version of Dust Clears to club anthems such as Heart on Fire – which Elisabeth provides the vocals and does a great version of the song live.

The set came to a finish, but this was before the encore that they deserved. As they returned on stage, they delivered a clever cover of Show Me Love by Robin S. Of course this was then followed by their last song of the set, which had to be the number one single, Rather Be.

Overall, the set was pure brilliance, offering a whole new atmosphere and experience when it comes to seeing an act live – a must see! As well as that, I have since gone on to buy their debut album, which is good as well! The review will be up shortly…

Liam

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