LIVE REVIEW: Bastille, The Harley (Sheffield), 24.04.12

Local lads Puzzles kick things into gear at a fairly quiet Harley. Far from disheartened by the smallish, scattered crowd, they throw themselves into their electronic, 80s influenced futurepop wholeheartedly and provoke a move  towards the stage and a stampede through the door. Their set may be brief, but it’s impact overshadows The Smiths-esque The Lion Works who follow them with an impressive but non spine-tingling performance.

With the heat rapidly rising as the now packed Harley crowd are frantic with anticipation for the arrival of Dan Smith, aka Bastille, and his three-piece band. Thankfully he does not keep his demanding audience waiting long as he casually strolls on to stage and launches into “Icarus” and is met by screams of adoration.

The softly spoken South Londoner is a fascinatingly energetic performer. While his song introductions start whispered, the positive response provokes a chattier side, as with each performance his frenzied jump-dancing reaches new heights.

Though better known material “Laura Palmer”, “Get Home”, current single “Overjoyed” and set closer “Flaws” are obvious fan favourite, the singalong “Pompeii” proves itself the one to watch for.

Throwing in City High’s “What Would You Do?” and Corona’s “Rhythm Of The Night” from his “Other People’s Heartache” mixtape proves a wise choice. Lifting the energy and demonstrating a real versatility to his vocal talent, Bastille is a performer who constantly ups his game and challenges his audience.

With the merch stand overflowing as everyone heads home for the night, it is more than apparent that Bastille has made more than a little impact. Far more than just a distinct vocal and dextrous songwriter, Bastille owns the stage and has an audience eating out of the palm of his hand.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams 


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