Gorgon City Live at the InstituteBy Ella Downing
Gorgon City at the Institute Birmingham
Written by: Ella Downing
Gorgon City’s success has spiralled in 2013 and 2014 and does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. With a sold out UK tour, as well as US and European dates alongside a plethora of festivals the duo appears to be outdoing themselves further in 2015. I headed down to the Institute in Birmingham to see what all the fuss is about.
I wasn’t disappointed. After warm up performances from Anushka and Klose One, Gorgon City appeared with their live band and brought the Institute to life.
The age range of the crowd was vast ranging from teenagers to people well into their thirties and forties. Perhaps this sums up Gorgon City’s approach. They told me they like to collaborate with artists who wouldn’t normally do dance music; maybe they attract listeners who wouldn’t usually listen to dance music too. 'Sirens' is much more than a dance or house music album. It has something for everyone; heavy tracks, relaxed tracks, strong vocals and emotive lyrics.
It seems the duo’s appeal to a wide audience has been a contributing factor to their success, particularly in the charts. Although their singles ‘Ready for your Love’ ‘Here For You’ and ‘Go All Night’ charted at number two in the UK Dance Chart, they also charted at numbers four, seven and fourteen consecutively in the official UK chart representing how Gorgon City’s music has demand from numerous listeners.
For me stand out tracks of the night were ‘Unmissable’ and ‘Lover Like You’. Accompanying vocals from Lulu James, Janai and Josh Barry were soulful and affecting and drummer Wafa was also incredible and gave the performance heart. The whole thing was a joy to experience as the two guys that had been pretty chilled and laid back when I spoke to them an hour before, became animated once they were in front of their decks and the crowd. Visuals were strong and the setting of the Institute with the balcony really enhanced the sound. The performance was much more than a DJ set; it was a living, breathing experience that radiated through everyone there.
It is evident that Gorgon City has been catapulted into success and aren’t going anywhere. The duo is clearly extremely talented and has paid attention to all elements of the production of their sound which manifested itself through a performance that oozed precision and quality.
Date published: 02/07/2015
4.5 / 5 stars