BRITs Week 2022 – Bastille Live At EartH, London, 2nd February 2022

On a chilly Wednesday night in February excited fans gathered at EartH, Hackney’s intimate events space for a unique evening with Bastille to celebrate BRITs Week 2022. Coincidentally, Brits Week 2022 has coincided with the release of the band’s fourth album Give Me The Future, so they decided to treat the East London crowd to an exclusive performance of the whole album from start to finish.

We were lucky enough to review Give Me The Future and knew this energetic album would be absolute delight live. Ever modest frontman Dan Smith quipped “nobodies heard this album yet…so we thought we’d play it really badly live first!” 

Of course, our hopes were confirmed and the performance was anything but bad. From start to finish the pace never slowed. The band performed with an unwavering energetic confidence, their excitement about these new tracks crystal clear. With more equipment on stage than ever before, they recreated the album’s addictive mix of 80s synths and futuristic vocal distortions, which sounded epic thanks to the high-ceilinged art deco venue. 

Their most recent single Shut Off The Lights stood out as a highlight; its joyous, carefree vibe turning EartH one huge party. Not one person was sat still. Back To The Future and Plug-in… ramped up the energy even further, thanks to their mix of fun, quick lyrics and instantly addictive beats. Those who hadn’t heard the songs before were already singing along by the second chorus. BIM took centre stage with Dan to perform the album’s final song Future Holds and her powerful vocals sounded stunning in a live setting, even Dan himself bowing to her after bringing the house down.

As well as treating the audience to the new album, they managed to squeeze in a whole load of fan favourites before and after too. 80s reworkings of Pompeii and Happier gave a whole new life to their new most popular tracks, whilst Of The Night somehow felt even more energetic than normal. Flaws saw Dan heading into the crowd, shaking hands with delighted fans (including yours truly, insert high pitched scream here). 

The energy only slowed down for a moment when performing stunning stripped back versions of Laughter Lines and 4am. The crowd watched in captivated silence at the former as Dan played acoustic guitar, placing his voice centre stage. As the song continued, the rest of the band gradually joined in working up to a goosebump-inducing crescendo. 

With over a decade of live performances behind them it’s clear Bastille have been able to perfect the art. Keeping the crowd excited and engaged when playing songs they’d never heard before is no easy task, yet they made it look like the most natural thing in the world. 

No Bastille show would be complete without a Pompeii sing along to close the night. When the 700 strong audience sang “but if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?” the question never felt more poignant. In that moment the last two years without live music seemed to melt away. This was an evening full of much needed joy and excitement that will be hard to forget in a hurry. 

This truly special evening was of course all for an amazing cause, raising money for charity War Child. You can find out more about the incredibly important work they do here and please donate if you can. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *