clean bandit @ o2 academy bristol

Another clip from another review.

I particularly enjoyed covering this gig as I wouldn’t normally see a band like this and, while acoustically questionable, the O2 Academy, Bristol provides a welcome change from the normal, darker rock venues for this amateur photographer…

With a UK number one already under their belts, the young members of Clean Bandit exuded confidence and charisma as they emerged from backstage at the O2 Academy.

After opening with an older track, ’A+E’, that showcased their musicality and ability to bridge indie-dance and pop music, Clean Bandit quickly moved to their four-to-the-floor hits that sold out the rammed venue. Every track was crisp and clean and transformed the gig into the dance party it was meant to be.

Each of the three singers vied for the spotlight and in some ways it pushed their vocal performance, but as the set gained momentum and the band filled the crowd with energy, keeping them moving throughout their 60 minute set, there was a slight disconnect amongst the members of the band on stage.  As well, tracks recorded pre-‘New Eyes’, their debut album, sounded composed and crafted rather than heavily produced.

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