Say you’ll be my messiah – Prides at Heaven, London

Say you’ll be my messiah?

Thursday night, 12th February at the renown night club ‘Heaven’ some lovely Scots put on quite the nice show.

Better known as the band ‘Prides’ who play the very best of snythpop that is currently out there. Prides were touring the mighty United Kingdom again, to harvest the seeds they’d sown at their previous tour earlier this year.

So tonight was all about the London crowd, and what can I say, that London crowd was proper excited! With some dedicated fans queuing in the cold well before the doors opened.

Support came from Model Aeroplanes and The Wild Curve who left the crowd in anticipation of the headliner.

Round about 9pm the theme tune to Aladdin (Prince Ali) filled the venue and Stewart, Callum and Lewis entered the stage.

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They started their faced-paced hour long set with ‘Cold Blooded’ and the amazing ‘ The Seeds You Sow’. Next up was the new Prides single ‘Higher Love’ which went down an absolute treat. It’s always something special to hear brand new material live for the few first times, especially if this is your biggest headline show so far!

Needless to say the fans had done their homework and sang along with the chorus to ‘Higher Love’ leaving a smile on the Prides band faces.

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Next up were ‘Just Say It’ followed by ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Little Danger’.

Big Ups to Prides for their amazing stage setting. Seriously – So.Many.Lights. Plus, not forget about the lasers – pew pew.

Even though the setting meant that half of the show you couldn’t even see Lewis the drummer and sometimes it was even hard to see Stewart and Callum behind their keyboards, but – Hell yeah, it looked amazing!

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The crowd was having a great time, loads of dancing and obviously singing was going on. Which got even more intense as ‘I Should Know You Better’ was being performed. Following the glorious performance, the surprise guest Lauren Aquilina came on stage and together they sang the absolutely beautiful ‘Strong Enough’.

Just when you thought, it couldn’t get any better the boys played ‘Out Of The Blue’ – what a tune!

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The entire venue was singing on top of their voices and to round it all off the streamer cannons were let loose. Unfortunately this was also the time Prides went off stage and left the crowd wanting more.

‘Say you’ll be my Messiah’ chants rattled through Heaven, and as if the prayers had been heard the guys came back on stage.

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The boys were all smiling and surely weren’t done with this show yet. Stewart introduced the second part of the show, casually mentioning a certain ‘Mixtape’, which sent the crowd into a frenzy. If you have never heard of Prides doing the ‘Mixtape’, you are missing out.

‘Sing along if you know the words’ Stewart encouraged the fans.

And with that they launched in their 9 minute long mixtape, mashing up their personal favourite songs of 2014 in one musical masterpiece!

Those Prides guys are just super talented and they have all the rights to show it off with such an incredible performance.

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To round things up and to finish the gig on a high, it was time for ‘Messiah’. What can I say?

Clearly one of my favourite songs and despite having seen Prides a few times already, this song gets me every time.

The crowd went obviously proper crazy and things got even better as the grand finale neared and hundreds of balloons were released from the ceiling.

The amazing show had sadly come to an end but Prides weren’t the lovely bunch of Scots they are if they wouldn’t join the fans in the foyer for an after show drink.

You’ll always be my messiahs guys 😉

Mels Jukebox

Imagine Dragons – Album launch ‘Smoke+Mirros’

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.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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,

Mels Jukebox

BBC Radio 1 – Future Festival 2015

Tuesday 13th January was the day of BBC Radio 1’s Future Festival 2015. A special night of live music by artists tipped to be massive in 2015 and lucky me was down at legendary the BBC Maida Vale studios, to witness the magic live.

The radio show was hosted by DJ Zane Low and took place in Studio 3, which was filled with a lovely crowd consisting of listeners and a lot of the BBC Radio family.

Judging from the line up, it promised to be an incredible night of great live music.

Starting the Future Festival, were the lovely guys from ‘Years & Years’ with their hit single ‘Desire’. The crowd was instantly hooked and sang along for the chorus. This glorious kick-off was followed with Years & Years ‘Take Shelter’ which was a beautiful moment.

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Mickey, Olly and Emre wrapped up their Future Festival performance with a stunning rendition of their new single ‘King’, proofing to the Maida Vale lot and the radio listeners, that they have topped the #SoundOf2015 for a reason. These boys surely will make 2015 worthwhile.

The next live performance was courtesy of the lovely ‘Shura’, who sat down in Studio 4, and wooed every single person listening to her gig live or on air with a beautiful performance of her single ‘Indecision’.

Back in Studio 3, the next newcomer to perform live for the studio audience and all the listeners on the radio, was the very friendly ‘Jack Garratt’. What a man. What a beard. And most of all – what a talent!

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Playing countless instruments at the same time and creating such beautiful sound just on his own, he really surprised Maida Vale with a remarkable performance of ‘Water’ as well as ‘The Love You’re Given’ and the great track ‘Worry’ from his debut EP ‘Remnants’. Jack Garratt managed to leave the entire studio dazzled,embracing the fact that they have just experienced such a spectacular gig!

Half way through the line up things got a little bit louder as Zane Lowe introduced the next act ‘Coasts’. The five-piece started their set with their recent single ‘Rush Of Blood’ followed by ‘Modern Love’. The Bristol-based band finished things off with  ‘Oceans’ which got a lot of love from the crowd.

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Guitar sound was followed with some grime music as rapper ‘Stormzy’ took to the stage of the Future Festival introduced by 1Xtra’s Charlie Sloth. He had prepared a special version of his single ‘Not That Deep’. The audience got into his spirit and sang along to the last chorus. It’s fair to say that Stormzys gig was quite the show.

After all the great performances the Future Festival was coming to an end and it was time for the headline act.

Zane Lowe introduced the one and only James Bay.

The crowd had gathered around the stage, trying to get as close as possible to the musically gifted man. James Bay started his set with the wonderful ‘Let It Go’.

This was a real moment. Ever since I have heard James Bay sing for the first time I was a in love with his voice. It’s just so beautiful, I am sure people wouldn’t even complain if he would start singing shopping lists or invoices. As long as he would do it in his specific style, all would be good.

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I was absolutely glued to the man with the hat as he continued with his famous single ‘Hold Back The River’. Hearing this marvelous song live, really was something special.

James Bay stepped up the game as he performed his new single ‘Scars’ acoustic. Just him and his guitar. This was the moment every single person in the studio got captivated by James’ magical voice and just got lost in the music.

James Bay ended his set with an absolute treat, a performance of ‘ Best Fake Smile’.

For my liking, James Bay could have performed another ten songs but air time is precious and the Future Festival needed to come to an end at some point.

Words don’t do justice and if you get the chance to see any of these new emerging artist, jump at the chance as you won’t be disappointed.

If you ask me, I reckon 2015 is going to be the year of the ‘J’, as I am sure the lovely Jack Garratt and the gorgeous James Bay will both go places this year!

Ta 🙂

Mels Jukebox