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Bastille: Still Avoiding Tomorrow in Birmingham

By Eloise Durham
Bastille: Still Avoiding Tomorrow in Birmingham

Review

Ahead of the release of their third album, Bastille have set out on an intimate UK and European tour: Still Avoiding Tomorrow. After the first date of the tour in Dublin was cancelled (frontman Dan Smith tweeted a picture of a note stating: 'all ferries have been cancelled and none of our gear will be able to make it in time'), the four-piece officially kicked off in Birmingham. After reports that Dan's voice was sounding a little sore on the first night, the band had clearly returned fully prepared for their second performance at O2 Academy Birmingham.

The support began with Ulysses Wells who really woke the crowd up with their self-titled 'Crack Rock'. After that, came the talented, Brit-nominated Lewis Capaldi, who sent shivers through the room with his heart-wrenching, stripped-down performance.

Bastille burst onto the stage with a dramatic curtain drop to perform some of their newer releases. Dan, as always, brought loads of energy and continued to stomp, dance and jump about the stage throughout the show.

The band brought Ulysses Wells back onto stage to join them on guitar for a rendition of 'Blame':

Halfway through the concert, Bastille performed an unreleased single. '4AM' was slow and beautiful and the performance involved Dan lounging on a slowly revolving sofa with the time of '04:01' projected onto the backdrop. Time was a recurring theme of the whole night, as it's reflected in a number of Bastille's songs, lyrics, tour name and poster.

Lewis Capaldi returned for a raw collaboration of 'Bad Blood'. Here's Dan showing Lewis some thanks:

'Pompeii' and 'Of The Night' got the crowd jumping for the finale and for the encore — spoiler alert — Dan came out into the audience and danced with everyone for 'Flaws'. Bastille still retain recognition for being one of the nation's favourite live acts and their shows are never short of energy. The tour continues in the UK in Brighton, Manchester, Glasgow and London. They've also announced that they'll perform in Dublin for a rescheduled concert on 12 March.

Setlist

1.  Wild World
2.  Quarter Past Midnight
3.  Send Them Off!
4.  I Know You (Craig David cover)
5.  Things We Lost In The Fire
6.  The Currents
7.  Grip (Seeb cover)
8.  Warmth
9.  Blame (with Ulysses Wells)
10. Weapon
11. 4AM (unreleased)
12. Fake It
13. World Gone Mad
14. The Driver
15. Bad Blood (with Lewis Capaldi)
16. Two Evils
17. Daniel In The Den
18. The Descent
19. Pompeii
20. Good Grief
21. Laura Palmer
22. Of The Night
23. Warmth - Outro

Encore

24. Happier (Marshmello cover)
25. Flaws

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