If anyone had any concerns about Bastille’s follow-up to their 2013 Bad Blood tour – they needn’t worry.
Kicking off the seventh night of their Wild, Wild World tour, it’s hard to believe that this is their first time at the arena.
Creative frontman Dan Smith, was full of energy as he burst into the band’s opening track, latest single Send Them Off!
This was followed by popular sing-a-long tracks such as Laura Palmer and Bad Blood before the band treated fans to a cover of 90’s tracks Rhythm of the Night and Rhythm is a Dancer – which have fast become some of the band’s most popular covers to date.
During Flaws, the lively frontman headed into a crowd of delighted fans, handing out high-fives left, right and centre whilst still giving an outstanding vocal performance.
With plenty of synth-inspired and catchy bass lines, even slowed down tracks such as Oblivion and Things We Lost in the Fire provoked a massive reaction from the audience, with constant jumping and one of the biggest mass singalongs of the night for the line ‘do you understand that we will never be the same again?’
A number of impressive backdrops adorned the stage, such as the New York City skyline and a number of vibrant flashing colours, but never once did it take away from the energy of the London four-piece.
Popular FIFA soundtrack The Weight Of Living was one of the biggest surprises of the night, with a magnificent flashing blue and purple display and Bastille’s Dan looking in his element, energetically working the crowd into awe.
With several breakout bands emerging over the past few years, such as Imagine Dragons, the pressure was really on for Bastille to stand out after being out of the limelight for so long, but their crown at the top of the indie-pop chain was never once in doubt.
Two massive hits rounded off an outstanding evening: 2016 single Good Grief managed to get the seated crowd on their feet boogying along to the groovy bass line proving the indie-pop band still had plenty of reserves.
Pompeii is one of Bastille’s instantly recognisable tracks and the crowd echoed the chants of ‘eh’s’ and ‘oh’s’, even singing the first verse so loud it’ll rival the atmosphere of anything heard in the Motorpoint all year.
How a band like this hasn’t headlined the arena much sooner than they have is baffling, it was an amazing show from a group that continues to push the boundaries of music to go from strength to strength.
Set list: Send them off, Laura Palmer, Warmth, Snakes, Flaws, Oblivion, Lethargy, Things We Lost in the Fire, The Draw, The Currents, Way Beyond, Bad Blood, Four Walls, Blame, Of the Night, Fake it, Weight of Living, Glory, Good Grief, Two Evils, Icarus, Pompeii.