CONCERTS: Bastille

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The Last Stand Tour. One incredible night. November 13, 2014…sold out. On a rainy & blustery Thursday night two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing one of my favorite bands, Bastille. (With awesome opener Ella Eyre!) In this post, I’ll talk about a few of my favorite moments from the show!

Ella Eyre, a British singer-songwriter from London, was Bastille’s flawless opening act.  As soon as she opened her mouth and sang the first note, I was in awe. Her voice filled the stadium as she effortlessly belted out a few of her killer songs. Her voice reminds me of Adele mixed with a little R & B. She was super engaging with the audience; she taught us songs, urged us to bring out lighters & phones during the slow songs, and took some cute Instagram pics of the crowd. Her fun, neo-pop look along with her wild, curly hair intrigued me just as much as her voice did! My favorite song she performed (and my favorite song she’s written) was “Comeback.” It’s a super sassy tune, and so fun to belt out when you’re home alone in your room. Check out Ella Eyre’s YouTube here!

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When Bastille finally came on stage, the crowd went wild. Hundreds of dedicated fans were jumping in excitement from the floor section, and my friend and I were standing, screaming from our seats. (We got tickets for the seated part of the theater ahead of time, and ended up being in the 100’s section towards the very front. We had a great view!)

B2Y1R8wCYAA0Qr5Dan, the main singer in Bastille, was so overwhelmed by the love and support coming from the fans that night. All he seemed able to holler into his microphone after each song was “thank you so much!”

This band is so connected with their fans; Dan hopped down into the pit during the band’s performance of  “Flaws,” hugging and taking pictures with ecstatic fans on the floor. My friend Rhaeley (who waited a dedicated 13 hours to get front row in the pit) threw Dan a Toy Story 4 shirt (which her & Thomas Jensen made) at one point in the show. Dan picked it up from the stage, and said “Woah! A Toy Story 4 shirt! Thank you very much. I didn’t even know that existed yet…it’s that rare.” Check out the photo of Dan admiring the shirt below!

B2Y1R9YCEAAzw-eMy favorite song to see Bastille perform was “The Draw.” The guitars and chorus sounded so great as they reverberated through the theater, and the best part was when all the fans made Bastille’s trademark with their hands: the triangle. Check out this awesome picture Camille captured of her friend representing the Bastille triangle!

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More of my favorite moments during the show:

Dan’s collaboration with Ella Eyre as they performed their cover of “No Scrubs.” Their voices sounded great together, and the energy they had together on stage was infectious! Here’s a little clip I got of the performance.

-The transitions between each song were amazing. Bastille had a large screen mounted on the stage. After/during each song, the screen played clips from their music videos, or projected super cool designs & Bastille trademarks.

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I loved seeing Bastille perform one of their most popular songs, “Oblivion.” Everyone in the audience pulled out their lighters & phone cameras, waving them silently as Dan belted out the lyrics. It was so calming, & looked great in the dark of the theater. Here’s a small clip I caught of the song.

The closing song was definitely one of the highlights of the show. Bastille ended their concert with their hit single, “Pompeii.” During the song, Ella Eyre and her band, along with Bastille’s band were on stage, signing and dancing along, banging drums while the audience sang along with them. My friend and I stood up, dancing, laughing, and singing the lyrics from our seats. It was such a memorable concert experience! Check out a clip of the song below. (Remember to watch it in the highest quality!)

Overall, I had such a great time at Bastille’s concert. I’d highly recommend going to see them if you ever get the chance. It’s so worth it! Check out the band’s social media below.

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LISTEN UP: Hozier

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Hozier’s voice is like hot tea on a rainy day in November. Warm, comforting, and just a little bit addictive. Lately, I’ve been listening to Hozier on repeat–I just can’t get enough. (Photo by Brendan Lynch)

Andrew (Hozier)-Byrne has had a crazy successful year so far. His self-titled album Hozier (released September of this year) is growing in popularity around the world. He’s gaining the attention of Indie-rock music fans all around the globe, building himself a loyal fanbase. So far, my favorite songs from his album are: “Cherry Wine”, “From Eden”, “Angel Of Small Death & The Codeine Scene”, “Like Real People Do”, & “It Will Come Back.” His songs are mysterious; they always leave you thinking about what the true meaning behind each one is.

You’ve probably heard his most popular song, “Take Me To Church” playing on numerous alternative music radio stations. According to Wikipedia, the song reached number one on the Irish iTunes singles chart and number two in the official chart last year. He also performed the song on Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago. Click here to watch his amazing performance!

hozier outsideHozier, who’s originally from Bray, County Wicklow in Ireland, is currently on a massive tour around America & the UK. (Click here to find out if he’s coming to a city near you!) Most of his shows are sold out, but I managed to catch one of his performances about two weeks ago in a small, acoustic venue. When I heard him sing, I literally got goosebumps. His voice is infectious; it filled the entire room, vibrating through the walls and leaving everyone in awe. Check out my favorite performance he did that day, “Angel Of Small Death & The Codeine Scene,” here.

After the show, my friend and I waited outside the venue to see if he’d come out to take pictures & chat. He did! I met him very briefly, but he was so sweet. He was so friendly, and willing to sign everything the fans were handing him, even when the security guards were pushing him to finish up and hop into the car to leave. When artists have such an appreciative attitude towards their fans like Hozier did, I love them so much more. (Photo of Hozier greeting fans on the left.)

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If you listen to Jake Bugg, Foy Vance, or Snow Patrol, I would highly recommend you listen to Hozier. Click here to listen to his full (flawless) album!

Browse his website here.

Check out his YouTube here.

Tweet him here.