Kicking of their biggest headline tour to date with a hometown show was a massive success for Brighton’s The Magic Gang. As they tweeted beforehand, “tour starts at home”. There really wasn’t a better way to start the tour for them, playing to a packed out venue filled with what I can imagine were friends and fans alike.

Support came from Sheikh, a London based five-piece band. Their harmonious and reverb indulgent tracks sound partially similar to the likes of Gengahr, in terms of vocals, and the bass line of set closer Fonda gives off a vibe usually heard by Don Broco.

As the night drew on, the time came for The Magic Gang to grace the stage. Playing a mix of old – a term used lightly – and newer songs, the boys reminded us (many) times that their due to release a new EP in January 2016. Personal favorites of the set were newest single JasmineFeeling Better – from the soon-to-be released EP, and classic No Fun, which had fans crowd surfing and bopping along. The intimate venue did wonders for the boys and it was really reassuring as a music fan to see them genuinely happy and enjoying themselves playing to the people that matter.

The Brighton lads have just embarked on a massive tour and I would wholeheartedly recommend trying to head out to one of their shows as they’re definitely ones to watch next year and don’t just take my word for it, they were named one of DIY Magazine’s ‘Ones to watch’ for 2016. Check out the tour poster below to see if they’re playing near you.

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Written by Tara Matthews

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