George Ezra @ Leeds O2 Academy

I was lucky enough to go along to George Ezra’s SOLD OUT show at Leeds O2 Academy to experience the #FollowTheRabbit campaign, hosted by O2. This allowed me to basically jump the queue, which is a massive bonus, especially since we had the typical rainy weather and the queue was pretty much never-ending. You also get the perk for 2-4-1 drinks, again a massive benefit when two drinks can come to £10.

When I arrived at Leeds O2 Academy, the only support for the evening, Lily Moore, was already on stay serenading the audience. A pianist/guitarist joined her on stage, and it set such a laid-back, relaxing vibe for the night to come.

No word of a lie, George Ezra is a man that fully loves it. From the moment he followed his band on the stage to the final moments of his last song, the smile on his face didn’t fade. You could see the happiness on his face when he heard the crowd sing back the lyrics to his songs like it was all still new to him.

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It’s quite rare that I go to the more chilled out gigs, so it was such a great change to be able to stand there and appreciate the music for what it is, instead of getting pushed here there and everywhere. One thing that I loved about George Ezra’s performance is that he engaged with the audience, throughout the show he was telling stories about how he wrote the songs, what inspired him and what he was feeling at that moment in time. The audience held on to every word he said.

The setlist itself was built up with the perfect ratio of old and new songs and despite his 2nd album ‘Staying at Tamara’s‘ (Yes, he actually stayed at a girl called Tamara’s house whilst writing this album) being released a matter of days before, pretty much every person in the room knew all the lyrics, which even George was surprised by as the Leeds date was the first show he played after the album being released.

This was the first time I have ever seen George Ezra live, and I can guarantee I will be going to the next local gig he does. Make sure you do check out his latest album ‘Staying at Tamara’s’, honestly, it is heavenly, there isn’t a song on there which I don’t like.

I’m going to leave you with my top 5 favourite George Ezra songs, but be sure to visit Musica Moments again soon to read more:

  1. Paradise
  2. Get Away 
  3. Cassy’O
  4. Barcelona 
  5. Stand by Your Gun
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Marsicans

Marsicans are an indie/pop band from Leeds. Made up of James Newbiggining, Oliver Jameson, Matthew McHale and Rob Brander. Back in 2016 they played BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury Festival. Their EP ‘Absence’ is out now.

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Marsicans bounced out on to the stage raring to go for their first Leeds gig of 2017. Not for one second during their set did their smiles fade from their faces nor did they ever stop giving the audience 100%.

Starting off their set  with ‘Gone in a Second’, which is full of twinkly synth and energetic drums that pound through your body, making it near impossible to not move your body to the beat, they had the audience within the palm of their hands. This set a high standard for the rest of the night and warmed up the crowd in the short space of a song for Hippo Campus.

They also put a cut down cover version of ‘Man in the Mirror’ by Michael Jackson into their set and blended it seamlessly into their hit song ‘Swimming’ before moving on to songs such as ‘Farmarsicans_15.jpg Away‘ and finally finishing their set with ‘Absence‘.

The crowd of eager teenage girls, equipped with the glitter plastered on their faces (I am guilty this most of the time), swarmed the front and danced away to their songs, making sure they sang every lyric to every song, clearly entranced in the boys performance.

You don’t actually realise how contagious smiles are until you see Marsicans live;  you can’t stand and watch them with a frown on your face at, all its pretty impossible. They definitely brighten up your day.

We also had time before they hit the stage to have a quick chat, where you can find out stuff like how James nearly died during shooting the video for ‘Absence’ and  which bands you should probably add to your Spotify playlist.

 

Words and Photos By Jess Huxham

ANTEROS

ANTEROS are an indie/pop, or as they call it, ‘bitter dream pop’ band from the heart of the UK, London. The band is made up of Laura Hayden, Vocals, Joshua Rumble, Bass, Jackson Couzens, Guitar and Harry Balazs, Drums. You can get their latest EP Breakfast on all major platforms. 
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I didn’t really have any chance to check out ANTEROS before going to see them last night supporting Two Door Cinema Club alongside Sundara Karma at Leeds o2 Academy. But within seconds of being on that stage they had my attention within the palms of their hands. Despite the band only having one guitarist, this didn’t thin out or effect the sound as it sometimes seems to do. Instead the songs were filled up with groovy drumming patterns, quirky guitar riffs, powerful bass patterns and magical, yet simple harmonies.

Laura Hayden reminded me very much of a Izzy B from Black Honey with h0978a3_994c30878b7f43cb814f08814ad641c2-mv2_d_1400_1400_s_2.jpger similar style and the way she shows her attitude as soon she gets on the stage but not taking to much of the spot light from the other members.

The crowd welcomed the band to the stage, nodding their head along to the beat of the songs, a few even singing their songs back to them which lead singer, Hayden, was even shocked by. They finishing off their set with the song ‘Breakfast‘ which their EP is named after. This song is probably my favourite of theirs, I can easily see me having it on repeat for the next few weeks. In previous interviews, Hayden has said that the song about when she was seeing ‘someone who only wanted to stay up and talk about their problems until the early hours. ‘
Even though they have only been together in a short space of time, they are definitely a band to watch out for!

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Written By Jess Huxham

 

Blossoms

Blossoms are a 5 piece indie pop band from Stockport. The band was formed in 2012 and is made up of Tom Ogden, Vocals,Charlie Salt, Bassist, Myles Kellock, Keys, Josh Dewhurst, Lead Guitar and Joe Donovan, Drums. You can listen to their debut album that they released in August 2016 here.

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Anthony Longstaff Photography

Normally when I go to see bands, I thrive off the atmosphere of the crowd when they’re making pits and jumping around. But sometimes it can get a little too much, so its nice to just be able to chill and appreciate the actual music. This is why I love going to see Blossoms.

Personally I loved support acts CABBAGE and Declan Mckenna. The only thing that disappointed me wasn’t the actual music itself, it was more how the crowd reacted to them. Like I like a chilled crowd, don’t get me wrong, BUT WE NEED A BIT OF MOVEMENT! Trying to get everyone going with the famous Leeds and Yorkshire chants didn’t even work. But don’t worry lads, us guys at the barrier LOVED you. But hey, at least we were all better than Sheffield?!

I always knew the band was HUGE in Japan but I met two lovely boys who had travelled all the way from Japan just to see Blossoms, this just goes to show how big the fan base is, it’s so strong and well just pretty damn incredible.

Obviously when the Blossoms intro music started blasting out of the speakers, everyone suddenly came out of the trance and cheered, waiting for the band to enter.

They enterIMG_9301.JPGred the stage and opened the night with ‘At Most A Kiss’ whilst fans were jumping around and singing the song word for word back to them. They continued the night playing songs from their debut self titled album, ending the night  with their most known song and my favourite song of 2016, Charlemagne.

After the gig, a hand full of fans went around the back of the venue where Blossoms tour bus was parked, hoping they would be able to get a chance to see the band and get photos. And of course they did. Every single member stood outside taking photos with everyone for at least an hour. Not bragging but I even got to wear Joe Donovan’s (Drummer) glasses…

There aren’t enough words to explain how lovely and kind-hearted the band are, they take a general interest in their fans which always warms my heart. If I had the money and the time I would definitely take a huge road trip and see Blossoms at every one of their gigs, I wouldn’t ever get bored of them.

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Photo Credits – Anthony Longstaff Photograph

Written By Jess Huxham

The Dark LP

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of sharing a stage with some amazing bands; Nova Hands, The Dark LP, Dead Dollar Days and 48Hours. The band that I took a massive liking to was The Dark LP.  They don’t exactly fit into one genre. Their main sound is pretty much alternative rock with a hint of indie, reggae and punk so it has something for everyone.IMGP1509

Even though it is a small band of only 3 members (Alex Cairnes on lead vocals and guitar, Nick Doyle on backing vocals and bass and Rich Parker on drums) they are very tight and perform well together keeping the audience engaged. Their set list contained all original songs:

Grounded

Senseless

Middle Man

Untitled.

Where Do I Go

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They were all catchy and different and there wasn’t a song that I wasn’t keen on. One that I particularly liked and haven’t got out of my head is their most recent release ‘Senseless‘ that they released earlier this year. With the upbeat rhythm its hard not to have a bit of a dance and sing along to, even if you didn’t know the lyrics you were able to pick some up along the way.

I got to have a chat with Alex and Nick as well as Adam Jerome, from the headline band 48hours, just after they played their set and they were easy to approach and had a good natter about how exactly we all came up with our band names, I guess not all bands have an amazing backing story behind their names! But I guess thats a story for them to tell.IMGP1511

I highly recommend going and catching The Dark LP at one of their upcoming gigs before they make it big time:

April 29th – Man Can’t Fly / Follow The Lion / The Dark LP / The Voodoo Bats , 360 Club, Leeds

May 29th –  Gildersome Beer & Music Festival 2016

June 18th – LIVE in Barnsley!

August 6th – Shadow Fest UK 2016 (TICKETS £4 IN ADVANCE)

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