If there’s anything to learn when it comes to live music, it’s that, sometimes, things just won’t go to plan. That’s something that we here at DIY were faced with back in March, when our cover stars Circa Waves were due to play a teensy, tiny show at the newly-renovated Sebright Arms to celebrate. But, alas, you don’t always get what you want.
Now, despite that minor timing setback - thanks to an overzealous builder and a small matter of a flooded venue - which originally postponed the band’s set, things are finally all good to go; their return to the capital this evening is still hugely anticipated. Having already taken on London’s Kentish Town Forum back in March, their tiny show tonight is a real cause for celebration, with the band returning to the venue in which they made their London live debut all the way back in 2014.
What’s happened in the three years since has been staggering, but as the band burst onto the stage on this hot and sticky Saturday night, it’s clear to see they’ve lost none of their youthful vibrancy in the process. Blitzing through rough-around-the-edges cuts from their debut such as ‘Get Away’ and ‘Fossils’, the quartet are pros at whipping the crowd into a frenzy, before their newer tracks offer up a slicker, darker vibe. The crunching riffs and stadium-sized chorus of ’Fire That Burns’ stand up as a real highlight.
As the night draws on, things only get hotter down in the venue so it’s no surprise that when set closer - and certified indie banger - ’T-Shirt Weather’ finally kicks in, it provides the loudest singalong of the night. A sneak peek into the madness that’s to come when the band return to our shores for festival season, tonight’s a very special night for a very lucky few.
Photos: Emma Swann / DIY