I have always been a fan of Bombay Bicycle Club, so when I discovered their pre-festival warm up gig was less than an hours drive away, I jumped at the chance to see them again, and just like before they blew me away. This isn't just a band who play music, they live and breathe it - you can tell by the fact that the past six months has been the longest they have spent without playing a gig, ever.
During the support, Cash+David, the crowd was mellow with quite buzz of excitement of what was yet to come. However as soon as Jack Steadman and co appeared and launched into the opening chords to Overdone were heard the room burst to life. As per, there was never a dull moment whilst the band was on stage; Steadman brought in some audience participation for people to climb up onto shoulders, and the vibrant background made the gig a more colourful and visually brilliant experience.
A good mixture of new and old tracks were played along with favourites such as Shuffle, Luna, Carry Me and Always Like This. Instead of Lucy Rose and Rae Morris who appear on the bands albums, vocal accompaniment for tracks such as Luna and Home By Now was sung by the talented Liz Laurence from support act Cash+David. After 14 songs the band exited the stage, only for the crowd to scream a mixture of 'we want more' and "I'M NOT WHOLE" a repetitive lyric in Always Like This. After a short, tense wait the band returned to a screaming and enthusiastic crowd.
Guitarist Jamie MacColl reassured fans that it would not just be a short encore and spoke of how they wouldn't get the chance to play loads of older songs at the festivals. With this prompt, the band launched into tracks voted by the fans online such as 16 and Cancel on me (which was no.1 on the vote); Open House, a song record back in 2007 for the band's EP was also played to a cheering crowd, for it was a rare song to hear live and one I hadn't yet had the pleasure of experiencing live. For their final song Bombay played The Giantess, the closing song from their debut album, before they merged it into the albums opening track, Emergency Contraception Blues. Overall the night was a mixture of crazy mosh circles and dedicated Bombay fans raving in a venue with a capacity of around 2,000. If there was in any way a downer on the night, it had nothing to do with Bombay Bicycle Club; it was the exhausting humidity of the room. Yet this did not stop Bombay playing to their greatest potential or the crowd from having the time of their life experiencing one of the best bands on the circuit.