Indie rockers Circa Waves have gone from strength to strength since the release of their debut album Young Chasers in March this year. A sold out UK tour in spring including a headline show at Brixton Academy’s younger cousin O2 Shepherds Bush Empire and a string of festival dates including Reading & Leeds and Glastonbury amongst many others have brought them to this Brixton gig. I’ve been waiting a long while to see Circa Waves so obviously I jumped at the opportunity of getting tickets for this show, their biggest headline show to date.
Support came from Clean Cut Kid and alternative rapper Rat Boy, who has been making waves of his own on his own UK headline tour as well as major support slots for Circa Waves (on their last tour as well) and The 1975.
Circa Waves kicked off their set with single Young Chasers and it went down a treat, to say the least. They then went into debut single Good For Me and got the crowd, including myself, really going for it. Single after single and tune after tune, frontman Keiran Shudall and bassist Sam Rourke didn’t stop thanking the sold out Brixton Academy, not that us an audience are to thank for their success. Their hard work, determination and relentless gigging is where they have gained fans for themselves. Not to mention their knack for a song to make you bounce. The band ended on the other half of their debut single, Get Away, and departed the stage. But of course no Circa Waves gig would be complete without the single which has arguably brought them to this gig, T-Shirt Weather. The Scousers returned to the stage to rapturous applause and cheering from all 5,000 of their biggest London fans. They jumped straight into 101, a song reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys’ first two albums, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not/Favourite Worst Nightmare. T-Shirt Weather was nothing short of incredible. The perfect end to what must be one of the best gigs the band has ever played, surely? In typical Circa Waves fashion, they released a sh*t-load of confetti from two confetti canons for the last chorus just as a treat for the packed out venue.
Circa Waves played:
Good For Me
I Can Sleep Tonight
Talking Out Loud
The Luck Has Gone
Stuck In My Teeth