Sunday, February 21, 2010

Nothing But Kind Words

Bombay Bicycle Club - Subcity Radio SessionImage by subcityphotos via Flickr

Arrived at the O2 Academy Brixton, full of excitement for the closing night of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour in London. The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, Big Pink and Drums provided the live performances for a rapturous finale.

Demand for tickets meant that I had to purchase mine from the touts that frequent the area around the O2 Academy. I had earlier managed to acquire a ticket from friends but due to weekend tube work affecting travel; I relented to the preying touts but at a reasonable price! I was disappointed to miss the performances from Big Pink and the Drums, especially as Big Pink's stage dived into the crowd during 'Dominos'.

The Unreserved Circle ticket I had purchased, only postponed the inevitable entrance to the Standing Area, I found passage through with some persuasion. Anticipation for the remaining two acts was at fever pitch, Bombay Bicycle Club took to the stage and the place erupted. Personally I felt that BBC - I'm too cool - should have headlined because they're performance was energetic and inspiring. We managed to get covered in drink but I must shoulder some of the blame there.. I haven't managed to find their Set List online but Open House provided the biggest reaction of the night. Maybe I'm biased but considering how young they are, they have become an incredible talent.

South London's Maccabees are a sharper, louder, and more confident live proposition these days, the headline status ends a fantastic 12 months. The band came up with the name by flicking through the Bible and picking out a random word, more innovative than being named after an Indian restaurant on King's Road! The set was amazing, Love You Better and No Kind Words proved to be the anthemic moments of an incredible evening. Edwyn Collins joined the Maccabees on stage for Rip It Up and everyone piled onto the stage at the end to close the tour.

Maccabees Set List -

William Powers
One Hand Holding
All In Your Rows
Wall Of Arms
Precious Time
Young Lions
Can You Give It
Toothpaste Kisses
First Love
No Kind Words
Bag Of Bones
Rip It Up
Love You Better

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