LIVE REVIEW – WE REVIEW THE AMAZING BASTILLE LIVE SHOW FROM MANCHESTER ARENA
Bastille’s new and fourth album, titled, ‘Give Me The Future’, reached number one in the UK album charts upon release in February, the album toys with ideas of artificial intelligence and censorship through a fictional organisation created by the band, known as, ‘Future Inc.’
The first support act to bring energy to the masses of Bastille fans was ‘The Native’, a five-piece band from Plymouth, who are currently promoted by well known promoters, ‘This Feeling’, and have just released their brand new single, ‘Blindside.’ From the moment the band began performing it was made known to everyone in the arena just how passionate they are about their music, they had the crowd clapping and jumping along.
Their second to last song on the setlist, ‘Adore Me’, slowed down the energy whilst also maintaining the attention of the crowd, having them swaying their phone flashlights side to side and illuminating the arena.
The final support act for the night was Jack Garratt, a singer-songwriter from Buckinghamshire, who has just released his new album ‘Love, Death & Dancing.’ He strutted on stage with a black sequin suit on, giving a likeness to Adam Lambert. Garratt’s songs along with his dancing on stage had the crowd captivated and dancing along, the energy he brought to the stage and the crowd was amazing to witness and be a part of given the situation of the past few years.
As the arena was shot into darkness the crowd erupted in screams as they anticipated Bastille appearing on stage, frontman Dan Smith appeared, beginning to sing ‘Stay Awake?’, as it began it was clear to see that this would be a highly conceptualised and stylised performance based off the idea of the fictional, ‘Future Inc.’ The band managed to incorporate their songs from older albums such as ‘Laura Palmer’ and ‘Good Greif’ seamlessly without distracting from the ongoing message seen throughout the ‘Give Me The Future’ album and what is seen through the concert.
Throughout the show there was an almost robotic sounding voice between songs which was representing, ‘Future Inc’, it felt almost dystopian as Smith laid down in a reclining chair, whilst the robot asked him where he wanted to go next.
Although the show referenced the idea of the future and technology, the atmosphere created was that of the importance of human connection. The band also managed to find a place for their more well-known radio hits for those who don’t follow the band as closely, such as ‘Happier’, ‘Pompeii’ and their amazing version of ‘Of The Night’, which was known as ‘Rhythm Of The Night’ originally sang by Corona.
On the Closing song, ‘Shut Off The Lights’, the confetti cannons exploded and left the crowd in awe, the concert was much more than that, the narrative of the album and how it was demonstrated on stage had the audience completely invested as if it was that of a theatrical performance.