REVIEW: The Wombats play triumphant Bristol gig

PUBLISHED: 13:45 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:00 29 March 2018

The Wombats

The Wombats

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Bristol’s O2 Academy was bouncing to the sounds of a British indie band at the top of their game last night (Wednesday).

The Wombats performed a blistering set at the venue in Frogmore Street to the delight of a sell-out crowd.

As a fan of the Liverpudlian band since they first emerged with hit single Let’s Dance To Joy Division in 2007, I already had very high expectations for my first time seeing them live – and the trio certainly did not fall short.

Cheetah Tongue, an upbeat single from new album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, opened the show and immediately got the energetic crowd involved.

The band then motored through a brilliant set-list covering all four of their albums with absolutely no let-up in either their, or the audience’s, enthusiasm.

Seeing The Wombats live makes you realise how many great and instantly recognisable songs they actually have.

A particular highlight of the night came during a brief breather as the band began playing ‘elevator music’ before declaring they would be taking everyone ‘on a journey to the 13th floor’.

Once the big screen hit 13 they launched straight into a storming rendition of Moving To New York which was perhaps the highlight of the evening.

However their newest material also proved massively popular with Lemon To A Knife Fight and Turn receiving almost as loud a reception as the old favourites.

The gig closed with a rousing version of their debut single which saw them joined by two people dressed as wombats before returning for a two-song encore, complete with giant inflatable balloons, with Tokyo providing a mass sing-along moment.

The Wombats will now embark on a European tour before heading to the USA to support Weezer and The Pixies during the summer.

They will return to the UK on August 24 and 25 to perform at Reading and Leeds festivals respectively.

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