Bastille – Sasazu 18/03/14

Review of Bastille’s first Prague gig

There aren’t many UK bands who could sell out their very first gig in a new country, especially not one whose debut album only came out last year. But London’s own Bastille managed such a feat with their first ever gig in the Czech Republic last night at Sasazu, Prague.

Originally planned for November 2013, the show was moved to March due to “urgent commitments”, but that certainly didn’t stop the hordes of excited Bastille fans descending upon Sasazu, despite the rain, and completely packing it out. Although quite a small venue, the atmosphere inside was one of pure excitement.

After enough time to get everyone inside, support band Grizfolk took the stage. Their eclectic mix of foot-stomping country music and synth-pop beats were enough to rile the crowd up, getting everyone clapping along and dancing. Although they only played a relatively short setlist of around 8 songs, their unique sound was a perfect way to get ready for the main event. If you haven’t checked out Grizfolk, I highly suggest you do- the current trend for folksy music mean that this band could go far, and it would be well deserved. Check out The Struggle and Vagabonds.

Finally, it was time for the long-awaited arrival of Bastille. Opening with Bad Blood, the crowd went insane and every person in the venue was dancing and singing along. Bathed in red lights, Dan, Chris, Will and Kyle took the stage with the kind of energy that only a British band could have. (Although, I am quite biased!) For those who were maybe unfamiliar with Bastille, this was a perfect way to see them for the first time, and I must add, they were quite flawless.

There was plenty of audience participation, with Dan encouraging every person in the room to dance, and even during Of The Night, to crouch down to the floor before jumping with wild abandon. Even slower songs like Oblivion had everyone in complete hushed awe, capturing the attention of every person in the venue.

Personal highlights included Icarus and, of course, Pompeii, which had every person in the room singing along with the refrain. If you haven’t checked out Bastille, then do yourself a favour and listen to their albums, and the next time they’re in the Czech Republic, check them out!

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