A crowd-pleasing run-through of bangers hints at much more to come from Bastille.
Support comes from spiky pop rocker Ulysses Wells, as well as the phenomenal voice of Lewis Capaldi - soon to return to Brighton as one of The Great Escape’s Spotlight Shows. The room is already nearly full for the self-deprecating Scot, the surest sign of a star about to go supernova. Holding the crowds’ attention as surely as if he was the main act, it is a perfectly self-assured performance. He looks certain to be returning to this size of venues on his own two feet soon enough.
As Bastille emerge, silhouetted behind a blood-red curtain, Dan Smith takes all of the attention. Bouncing, leaping backwards and forwards on a raised podium, his head freshly shaved for a new video, he is every inch the bonafide pop star. The long wait for album number three is referenced early, a cry from the audience for its release date being met with “Fuck knows mate” from Dan. Originally promised for the start of 2018, Doom Days still has no firm release date - and there is a discernible lack of new material tonight. Only ‘4AM’ gets a run-out, Smith lazing back in a revolving sofa in the middle of the stage.