Wolf Alice at the O2 Academy, Birmingham
It’s no coveted secret that Wolf Alice are incredibly close to my heart, unashamedly thrusting my bucket hat for them all to sign on my drunken Reading Festival adventures. (And breathing close to Ellie’s face to tell her how much I loooovveeeeee her.) And even after a long wait having booked my tickets in May, nothing could have prepared me for the breathtaking spectacular of Thursday night.
Watching the band walk out in front of the Visions of a Life backdrop sent a pang of excitement into my tummy in apprehension for a night celebrating one of the greatest albums of the year.
The set kickstarted with the new album’s premiere track, Heavenward, which sent an electrifying buzz through the eclectic, adoring audience. Everyone belting their lungs out to strangers in the crowd and holding hands from on top peoples shoulders. -‘Silk’ of course was a clear highlight that everyone was looking forward to- made popular by T2 Trainspotting, accompanied by the disco ball dancing off Ellie’s ethereal presence, in her white dress and slicked back hair.
Ellie Rowsell and Theo Ellis, captured by @jonowhite_
Wolf Alice and Sunflower Bean supporting each other in 2015
It truly is amazing to attend a gig and be so stuck to choose a favourite song performed. The old songs, especially like ‘Fluffy’ and ‘Giant Peach” were everything I would hope for them to be; being hurtled against sweaty bodies, head banging and crowd surfing, having the time of my fucking life. After the head rush of the night, I got to the point where I didn’t think it could get any better, when the chords from ‘Blush’ pierced through the crowded room. The song had always meant a great deal to me, so hearing it live was just another experience all together.
“Curse the things that made me sad for so long
Yeah, it hurts to think that they can still go on
I’m happy now
Are you happy now?”
Dancing along to the well known ‘Beautifully Unconventional’ and ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ with one of my best friends was endlessly euphoric and I wish i could do it all over again.
No matter how outrageously majestic Wolf Alice were, I have to give it to the phenomenal support acts, Superfood and Sunflower Bean.
Superfood jiving, captured by @jonowhite_
As a follow up from when I last saw Superfood at Mama Roux, I really wasn’t disappointed- considering that this wasn’t their headlining gig, they had the crowd in the palm of their hands; churning out banger after banger including my favourites ‘Wheres the Bass Amp?’, ‘Need a Little Spider’ and ‘Superfood.’ They will forever be my favourite Brum band and I really hope that they will go far.
As for Sunflower Bean, a band from New York City, I wasn’t too sure what to expect as I ashamedly have never listened to a song by them- however, after this gig I was quick to follow them on Spotify and check their Youtube for the ‘I Was A Fool’ music video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm6ZtALw5KM
I definitely feel like Sunflower Bean were a 21st century answer to Stevie Nicks/Bob Dylan/Temples-esque trio, we didn’t know we needed – something of which I am very excited about.