On Sundara Karma‘s most recent tour, I was lucky enough to get tickets to their sold out gig at Leeds Brudenell Social Club with supports from Joyroom and FREAK… and it was one of the best gigs of 2016 without a doubt.
Sundara Karma have appeared out of the musical hustle of Reading and brought two EP’s and 5 singles along with them. Over the course of 2016, Sundara’s fan base has blown up significantly, selling out most of their UK tour and touring across the world with other bands such as Spring King and Beach Baby. Over the festival season, Sundara played around about eight festivals, including a main stage set for Reading and Leeds which they described as ‘surreal’ as they had been going to the festival since 2010.
Sundara Karma enlightened their fans on their recent tour with the songs of their past EP’s, songs like Flame, Indigo Puff and A Young Understanding, but they also gave us the pleasure of hearing some of their new songs off their upcoming album, Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect, songs called She Said, Olympia (which they played at Leeds Festival) and Deep Relief – which fans went absolutely crazy for, opening mosh pits and crowd surfing onto stage. They also surprised the crowd with a funky-soul cover of Luther Vandross’ ‘Never Too Much‘ which sent the crowd even wilder and provided more of a love for the iconic frontman, Oscar Lulu, especially from the girls at the barrier.
Video extract of ‘Olympia‘ taken by me from Sundara’s Leeds gig – https://youtu.be/LuG7JuIxB00
Written by Charlotte Clay.