added: 2 Dec 2013
// gig date: 28 Nov 2013
reviewer: Emilie Devillet
Last Thursday, The Lumineers shone their light at Alexandra Palace. Fun and laid-back, they delivered and amazing show that brightened their fans’ faces and made them smile for a whole evening. A great way to enter the festive season…
Alexandra Palace had a makeover for the occasion, giving a whole “Ally Pally” festival feel to the event. Displaying plenty of food and offering secret sets from their “own street musicians”, the venue did everything possible to get the audience ready for the band.
At 7pm, after what seemed to the fans like a long wait, the band arrived on stage. Opening with Classy Girls, they set the room on fire. Imagine thousands of people singing along and dancing to their pop folk music. The stage was set to look like a…palace, displaying huge chandeliers and playing with blue and white lighting.
After a few songs from their last album to warm up their audience, they started singing the now familiar “Ho Hey”. The fans went completely crazy and let the music take them away like a giant wave.
Singing “feminine” songs like “Darlene” and “Elouise”, the highlight goes to their more boyish song “Charlie Boy”: a very sensitive and catchy anthem that demonstrates perfectly their trademark sound and style, according a great importance to their voices and cello.
The American band ended their song with “Big Parade” and what a lovely way to say goodbye! The whole public was clapping, singing along and enjoying it till the very last note, willing to take it all in!
The band’s energy was simply amazing. Their cohesion and understanding of each other is showing and what a delight to see it. Their music has a lovely 1950’s feel and lingers in your head and ears long after you have heard the last note.
Performed live, their songs are an invitation to celebrate music, friends, love…life!
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