21 January 2013 (gig)
24 January 2013
MTV Brand New
The opening performance was from Dublin quartet Kodaline. Kodaline who had been nominated for BBC’s Sound of 2013 award played a moderately long set which included there up and coming track ‘High Hopes’. The video for High Hopes features Game of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham with the single being released in March. Kodaline put in a lively performance with probably the heaviest sound of the night.
With the crowd in high spirits, Tom Odell took over where Kodaline left off with a slightly longer and mellower set. Nevertheless, the quality of the performance certainly didn’t decline!
Odell, the folk singer from Hampshire (South England) put in a stellar performance with the help of his backing band. Unsurprisingly, Odell was also nominated for the Sounds of 2013 award, both losing out to Haim.
Odell, who was vaguely reminiscent of Mumford and Sons pulled off a stellar set from his keyboard chair, engaging with the audience regularly between songs. Odell, who has his debut album out in April, is certainly one to keep an eye out for in the near future.
The main event of the evening, and who most of the crowd turned up to see were certainly not new. The Vaccines have grown quite rapidly since the release of their debut album less than 2 years ago. They have since released their follow up album at the end of last year and have received high praise from critics and fans alike.
With a set filled with songs both old and new, The Vaccines turned the moderately lively crowd into a small mosh pit with classic such as ‘Wreckin Bar’ and ‘Post Break Up Sex’. However, the song that received the biggest cheer of the evening was their 3rd single off their first album, ‘If You Wanna’.
Frontman Justin Young was lively throughout performing Axel Rose esc moves without the background nonsense. The guitar riff towards the end of ‘If You Wanna’ was performed remarkably well in front of the 1000 plus audience, showed that you don't need synth’s to perform a great set. The Vaccines are one of the few bands left who can transfer their album into a live performance without any additions and do not lose 1 bit of the sound.
No matter what genre of music you like, for fans of music in general, these 3 acts are certainly ones to see in the future....