August 12, 2022


Bastille on the O2 Enviornment | Dwell evaluation


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Bastille, the UK techno, indie and rock band which rose to fame in 2013 with their hit music Pompeii, are again on the O2 for the primary time in six years, selling their new album Give Me the Future. This efficiency is a dancey homage to existential dread, which is as uplifting and enjoyable as it’s a reminder of the shared unnerving feeling many people are at present experiencing – that our world is changing into a sci-fi movie and we simply need somebody to say it’ll be alright.

The O2 is a large area, that includes sky-high seating surrounding an unlimited mass of individuals, which is paying homage to the opening sequence of Netflix’s zombie collection We Are All Lifeless. The stage has a number of layers, typically lined in a lighting impact which seems like futuristic flying crosses.

Short movie clips of a make-believe Future Inc. Company – which options on the album – play on an oblong display within the background. The imagery has a “day after tomorrow” vibe, as a result of while it’s visually very sci-fi, it doesn’t even really feel that distant. The video footage is spectacular, creative and well-timed, and the lighting enhances it effectively.

Dan Smith, the lead singer of Bastille, has an infectious, energetic but endearingly humble power. His robust, distinctive voice is as highly effective in particular person as it’s on Spotify and it’s a pleasure to observe him transfer across the stage. The music Plug In… (which ought to change into the official anthem of the 2020s) is a euphoric second of shared worry between the viewers and the band. There’s a feeling of aid that somebody on a (literal) large platform is voicing these fears.

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We’re dwelling in a sci-fi fantasy

I’m sleeping with the robotic subsequent to me

Discover planet B, that’s all we’d like

So we are able to have enjoyable

Inform me we’ll be alright

Say that we’ll be superb

Mislead me, it’s alright, proper?

Say that we’ll be superb

The subject material could also be disorientating, however there’s such a sense of constructive power at tonight’s present. That is very true throughout Pompeii. This music, while written virtually 10 years in the past, personally felt just like the soundtrack to lockdown, a couple of pure catastrophe that modified our lives and the hope of a world the place we are able to go searching and really feel like nothing modified in any respect. That’s what it feels wish to be right here at Bastille’s O2 efficiency, watching everybody dance and sing shut collectively, as if the final two years had by no means occurred, and we’re the place we’re meant to be once more.

Sophia Moss
Images: Virginie Viche

For additional info and future occasions go to Bastille’s web site right here.

Watch the video for the only Plug In…right here: