Bastille at the Olympia Theatre – Review and Photos

bastille-olympia-theatre-12Bastille at The Olympia Theatre – October 25th 2013

The fragile frame of The Olympia theatre swelled to capacity, full with fresh faced fans waiting to welcome Bastille. Populated with pretty girls and freshly ironed t shirts, this appreciative audience pounce into action the second Bastille arrive. ”Twin Peaks” twinkling soundtrack preludes them onstage before they launch into “Bad Blood”, the self titled track from their debut album. Instantly the crowd chant every word back to them. “Things We Lost In The Fire“ follows, bringing the voices with it. At this early stage in the night everybody is waving, swaying and calling the anthems back to the band. Even the usually reserved members in side stage boxes are jumping about lunatic style. The upper circle is a mass of arms and hands. Front man Dan acknowledges their craziness pronouncing them the winners so far! “Overjoyed” delivered with a flavour of 80’s synth and bass, drum machine and earnest vocals has the hand holding crowd awestruck. “Oh I feel overjoyed, When you listen to my words I see them sinking in, Oh I see them crawling underneath your skin”. Dan’s does indeed look overjoyed watching his words sink in and witnessing them sung with gusto.

“The Silence” runs into “Campus“. Their resonating repeated choruses and use of fan friendly “Whooahs” work brilliantly live. Even the more unfamiliar material carries the crowd with it. “Daniel In The Den“, “Weight of The Living“ roll on into the drum and bass delivery of the immense crowd pleaser “Laura Palmer“. Dan introduces new material “The Draw“ as blue lights frame verses and vocals into an indie guitar musical interjection. Sexy and rich it’s a bit of a different flavour to the Bad Blood stuff. “Icarus“ brings back the familiar heavy with drums and a soundscape vocal effect. Feeding the frenzy of the next tune, Dan hoodies up, gets a lift from security and wades through the crowd, singing and hugging his worshippers. Right up the back he goes. Super security secret service agent Robbie Cosgrove shepherds him safely back onstage without even missing a note.

Dan actually asks the fans to sing “Ole, Ole, Ole, Ole“ to his drum and bass background next, which is hilarious and gives us an unprecedented intro into the reggae tinged version of “Get Home” – a sombre thoughtful take on life and barroom philosophy – instructing the fans to hunch right down low and then conducting them to pogo up for the next section. There is an eclectic retro remix medley of Snap’s “Rhythm Is A Dancer“ and “Rhythm of the Night“ by Corona. Closing with perhaps their most loved track “Pompeii”, it’s a percussion party as they rock it out perfectly. Bastille are often underrated by music critics, their translation of albums into live performance overlooked instead of revered. They bring their material to life magnified two hundred percent over album versions. They close this gig to rapturous applause and adoration. Hard earned and well deserved boys!

Review by Ciara Sheahan

Photos by David Doyle


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