After finding possibly the most uncomfortable place to sit in the Bullring and jumping on Selfridges’ free WiFi, I managed to get 2 Circa Waves tickets. The gig sold out in two minutes which was no surprise as this would be the band’s first headline show in a while.
Not being from Stoke, I was worried we would get lost trying to find the venue but there is no chance of missing The Sugarmill. The building is painted bright purple with strange outer-worldly drawings scribbled over it and it looks pretty damn cool, if I say so myself.
The support slot was filled by the brilliant INHEAVEN. Before the gig, I had only heard a few tracks from the band and didn’t really give them a chance, which I now regret because I’m a fan. They have a great sound and a fantastic stage presence. There seemed to be a few fans in the crowd but it was a little disappointing to not see more people getting involved with the music.
After most people had spent the interval getting another drink or popping to the loo, there was no doubt everyone was ready for Circa Waves. The lights dimmed and the room erupted into cheers as the band walked on stage and began playing the brilliant riff to Get Away. Possibly my favourite album opener ever and it’s 10x better as a set opener.
It then flowed perfectly into Good For Me and the floor broke out in a wild mess of jumping and dancing while chanting “GOOD FOR ME / GOOD FOR ME / GOOD FOR ME” with their hands in the air. Other album tracks like Lost It and 100 Strangers got the same energetic response from the crowd despite them being slightly slower songs.
Fossils was earlier on in the set than I had imagined. With it being such a popular and bouncy track, I expected it to be more of a set closer. That being said, no teenagers took a break from pushing their mates into a mosh pit.
The night peaked with the performance of Young Chasers. The instrumental is definitely one of the bands best in my opinion and I’ve never had more fun dancing at a gig than to that song. I was surprised (but incredibly happy) to hear the B-Side, 101, next. It’s their heaviest track to date and it sounded fantastic and built a great atmosphere in the room, although the crowd did seem to slow down about half way through, but that was most likely down to them needing a breather.
The energy picked up again with the pulsing drums of So Long. Being my favourite Circa Waves track, I blocked out almost everything during this performance and sang my heart out, so there’s not a lot to report!
Talking Out Loud gained lots of swaying before My Love closed the main part of the set. It seemed to only be a minute before the band were back on stage, picking up their instruments and playing the insanely catchy Stuck In My Teeth. I don’t think there was a single person in the room not shouting “I’m a little too young with not enough time”.
Of course, the mighty summer anthem that is T-Shirt Weather had to close the set. I was a little disappointed that there was no new music from the band but that’s just me being picky because overall the setlist was amazing. I’m craving to see them live already so I can dance as much as I did that night all over again.
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