The Lumineers at The Olympia Theatre – Review
Atmospheric violin and elated screams fill the air as The Lumineers amble on stage. ‘Sleep On The Floor’ proves adequately building as an intro. The band’s distinct home-tone pleasures the venue – with instrumental luxury for the ears and personal verse in tow: “Cause if we don’t leave this town we might never make it out”
Pink light pours onto Schultz’s face as he cries out. Not once during this gig are the notes that his vocals hit anything less than tremendous.
Dazzling mandolin strings make an appearance on several occasions such as during ‘Charlie Boy’. With this tender song, quietness falls on the Olympia. Cello and mandolin notes soar together exquisitely; a sensation washing over us. Fraites and Schultz stamp together as the tempo raises. This track is slowly built to a final triumph, met in the end with a roaring whirlwind of claps and whistles.
Time and time again, The Lumineers offer up songs embellished with glorious sadness and affection. ‘Dead Sea’ and ‘Slow It Down’ bring about two magnificent moments. The latter reveals anguish and reflection, drawing us in like the poetry it truly is. Schultz smiles at the appreciative crowd. There is a gratitude present – that for the musical significance The Lumineers here exhibit, allowing us to embrace the melancholy.
Schultz asks the crowd to take whatever photos they desire now in one more song, but then put away phones from that point. This request is met with the applause it so rightfully deserves. There is nothing more reflective of how celestial a concert is than the crowd gazing, absorbed – not clicking to post their next Snapchat story. The lead singer sums it up in one breath before resuming to his music: “I just wanna be with you”.
The incredible tune that is ‘Angela’ follows. “The strangers in this town. They raise you up just to cut you down”. Both intimate and pensive, this track is particularly well-received. Hands raise into the air as the lights shine out.
‘Flowers In Your Hair’ exhibits the jubilant nature of the gig’s second half. No phones are in sight, only smiles. Decibels rise and the vibe soars. Off stage crew are spotted celebratory and raving, swinging and raving during ‘Big Parade’. Ulvang climbs onto his piano barefoot which ignites further festivities. How wondrous it is as the theatre dances, blowing off every puff of steam, immersed in such glorious madness.
‘Stubborn Love’ is our unforgettable finish. The Olympia from front to back comes to its feet. “It’s better to feel pain than nothing at all. The opposite of love’s indifference”. This song is an ode to the night in its entirety; full of lyrical essence, enriched in The Lumineers character – and so incredibly lifting.
Review by Shannon Welby