Review: Bombay Bicycle Club, O2 Academy, Newcastle

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THERE are always a few nerves when you go and see a band you love on CD, but have never seen live before.

Those nerves were quickly dispelled by the brilliant Bombay Bicycle Club on Saturday night as they performed one of the most electric sets I’ve ever seen at The 02 Academy.

The foursome – named after a chain on London-based restaurants – is without doubt one of the best British bands in action at the moment, yet remain out of the mainstream adoration their music deserves.

Brilliant on record, brilliant live and always a big draw at festivals, the Club performed songs from their previous two albums and their new offering, A Different Kind Of Fix.

Newer material, like Shuffle and new single Lights Out, Words Gone, got great responses, but it was their older material that sent the audience into raptures.

Songs like Evening/Morning, Dust On The Ground, Rinse Me Down and Ivy & Gold were just superb, but it was Always Like This that got the biggest reception of the night.

Whilst this was an absolutely cracking night, it was once again tinged with frustration at the academy’s ludicrous 10pm curfew for Friday and Saturday gigs.