Imagine Dragons had invited around 750 fans to join them for a special evening at the London House Of Vans, ahead of their second album launch for ‘Smoke+Mirrors’ on Wednesday 11th February 2015.
The skate parks doors opened at 7:30pm and an excited crowd entered the vaults, through the skate park into the Bar area. House Of Vans seemed to be the perfect venue for Imagine Dragons, as it is under Waterloo station, in the vaults and it quite resembled an actual dragons den 😉
There was time to kill before Imagine Dragons got on stage, but as there was so much stuff going on, me and my friend had a look around. In the very back of the venue was a gallery space which showcased the amazing artwork Tim Cantor created for the new ‘Smoke+Mirros’ album. Next door was a small cinema which showed a short film about Tim Cantor’s journey of creating the artwork and choosing the ones that have made their way into the actual album.
After a quick stop at the bar we made our into the main area. I was instantly mesmerised by how beautiful the stage looked, right under the arches and couldn’t wait for Imagine Dragons to get on stage. Excitement was in the air, as more and more people poured into the concert area, there was something mystical and magical about the whole set up.
At 9pm Imagine Dragons came on stage and front man Dan Reynolds started singing the famous chorus of ‘It’s Time’ and the crowd instantly joined in, leading into a beautiful acoustic sing-a-long. The gig had just started and I was already gobsmacked, it was just such a beautiful moment, hearing the 750-strong crowd sing in unison.
And don’t get me started on the acoustics! I have been to countless concerts, but the acoustics in the vaults of the House Of Vans are just another level. Dan Reynolds lyrics were crystal clear and the instruments just sounded beautiful.
After performing some brand new material like ‘Shots’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Summer, which all sounded so good and left you instantly wanting to own a copy of ‘Smoke+Mirrors’, Dan Reynolds took the floor and said that it’s nice to be back in such a small intimate space after all this time. He went on saying a few words about their second studio album, ‘This album is about appreciating the moment and living in the here and now’.
Needless to say that the next song on the list was ‘On Top Of The World’, which had the crowd dancing and singing along. It is always nice to see a band that is so passionate on stage and is truly happy about what they are doing, as this energy get’s transported to the crowd and creates a special bond.
On this night you could really feel the energy and the happiness that kept floating through the vaults.
Imagine Dragons set was coming to an end, as it was time for one last song from the new album. The guitars started roaring and wow – saying I was gobsmacked earlier was an understatement compared to as ‘I’m So Sorry’ was performed. What a beast of a song! A bit louder, a bit rougher than the usual Imagine Dragons sound and a bit more rock’n’roll , but so so GOOD!
This is clearly my new favourite song of ‘Smoke+Mirrors.
How to top such an outstanding performance? Correct! By playing your recent single ‘I Bet My Life’ next! Every single person was singing, and again the acoustics just got the better of me.
Imagine Dragons thanked the crowd for coming tonight and rolled the massive bass drum into the centre of the stage. This clearly meant, ‘Radioactive’ Baby!
What a night it’s been! The crowd gave it their best one last time and sang their heart out to the famous lines of ‘Radioactive’, the entire concert was just brilliant.
And I am sure everyone left the House Of Vans with a massive smile on their face and a pretty cool goodie-bag in the hand, singing their favourite Imagine Dragons song on their way back to the station.
I Bet My Life,