I feel I want to start this review by saying where the hell were you. A very sparse Talking Heads welcomed a night of energetic beat heavy electronic love as Breathe Carolina, Tek-One, Tyler Mae & Fly,Frankie,Fly took to the stage.
For those who missed out, missed out on a lot, for this show was very event heavy, with every band hitting it hard to the max, treating the well responsive crowd with an air of community and spirit.
When Fly,Frankie,Fly took to the stage we were warned that we could end up being covered in sick, as charismatic front man Frankie had been suffering from food poisoning, but these fears were never realized; instead we received a very solid set from the duo. Choosing to take a more steady approach to the show, Frankie stood in the audience allowing the crowd to take to the stage showcasing their dancing skills. Despite his illness the vocals were very well driven with his determination shining through.
Next on was the high octane Tyler Mae, everything about this performance was heavy with all elements exploding in cohesion allowing the vocals to be flowed with conviction. The strong vocal flow brought out the emotions with a strong audience response. Nothing bad could be said about their set.
I don’t quite know how to put into words how good the next bands were. With Tek-one what you get is a band that enables you to get all of your senses racing, from a glimmer of euphoria one second dropping to the dirtiest baseline the next. Despite the small crowd they were able to work it to full effect with mass raves hitting the Talking Heads. Highlights of the show were the original reimagining of songs, mixing in Bring Me The Horizon, Skindred, The Blackout, Dire Straits and THE TETRIS THEME TUNE!!!, allowing their sound to bleed out to full effect.
Headlining this event all the way from the USA Breathe Carolina arrived on stage in good spirits proclaiming, “it doesn’t matter if there 20 or 200 in the crowd tonight we’re gonna have a good time”. As it turned out a good time is what we had. Taking each song to the next level, singer Kyle Even was determined to get everyone in good spirits, singing into the cameras and into the faces of attendees keeping the festivities high octane. The contrast from taking the songs off the album onto the stage is obvious with each hook louder and bolder, with each line spoken with more emotion, not captured on record.
Fan favorites such as ‘Hello Fascination’ and a cover of ‘Down’ by Jay Sean, allowed the audience to show their appreciation early on uttering each word in retaliation. During breaks to showcase dance numbers, Kyle kept the level high choosing to take to the crowd, show-casing how it should be done by picking out familiar faces to climb on their backs and to engage with strangers but starting a mosh pit. The band remained appreciative of the crowd as they begged for more after the main set had finished. An old track, ‘The Birds And The Bees’ was requested and played, bellowing out the song, they allowed the audience to invade the stage to sing along and go crazy.
I want to say a big thank you to all the bands who took to the stage as they collectively put on a very strong show. A big thank you also goes out to advance promotions who put on this great line up of acts. Next time let’s hope everyone else arrives ready to bring it twice as hard to make up for this missed opportunity.
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