January cobwebs are starting to fade, Spring is slowly creeping in, and last night the inaugural Class Of UK tour began with a sold out show at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells. Helmed by Class Of 2018 cover stars Pale Waves, the tour - which heads through the UK for fifteen dates across February and March - also features fellow Class of… alumni Our Girl, and newcomers Bloxx.
“I’m glad to be touring the UK again,” Pale Waves vocalist Heather Baron-Gracie told us before the show, which comes straight off the back of the band’s tour of mainland Europe. “It feels like things are really moving now! These past few months have just been a constant fast-train, and like we’re really doing it now. It’s very exciting.”
The Tunbridge Wells show came just a few hours after the band debuted ‘Heavenly’, the final song on debut EP ‘All The Things I Never Said’, but there’s even newer material set to be showcased on the tour. “We’re playing two really new tracks,” Heather tells us, detailing new track ‘She’, which proved a highlight on the tour opener, the band leaving their guitars in favour of woozy atmospheric synths.
“It’s probably my favourite to play live now though,” Heather expands. “It’s really slow and emo. Ciara [Doran, drummer] is always telling me off for being so emo, but they’re the best ones!” Another new track, 'Eighteen', also made an appearance, alongside the now-anthems of ‘My Obsession’, ‘There’s A Honey’ and more. It might’ve been an exceedingly chilly Monday night, but the Forum became a sweat pit the second Pale Waves emerged, greeted with the arena-sized screams the band now receive wherever they tread.
Pale Waves’ set was preceded by Bloxx, who battled through technical issues to show a clear nouse for writing huge, catchy choruses, their short set packed with anthems-in-waiting, and Our Girl, who played their first show since they helped launch our Class Of with a launch party at London’s Borderline back in December (we love you too, Our Girl). “We’re super excited for the tour,” the band’s Soph Nathan told us before the gig, which saw the band showcase their new, self-titled track, released today, alongside a storming ‘Being Around’ and newer tracks set for the band’s debut album. “The record’s currently being mixed, so it’s all starting to happen,” she expands on the band’s upcoming plans, which include a show for DIY at next month’s SXSW.
The DIY Class Of tour, which is completely sold out, continues tonight (20th February) at the Boileroom in Guildford. Get all the details here and view the dates below.
19 Tunbridge Wells, Forum
20 Guildford, The Boileroom
22 Cambridge, Storey’s Field Centre
23 Middlesbrough, Wesgarth
24 Liverpool, Studio 2
26 Oxford, The Cellar
27 Leicester, The Cookie
28 Leeds, The Chapel
01 Stoke, Sugarmill
02 Birmingham, O2 Academy
04 Glasgow, King Tut’s
05 Sheffield, Leadmill
06 Manchester, Gorilla
07 London, The Garage
08 Bristol, Thekla
Photos: Emma Swann
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