Gig Review: Bombay Bicycle Club

On return from their hiatus, Bombay Bicycle Club delivered not only a dynamic live performance but a pulsing atmosphere to Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom on Wednesday night as they journeyed through their dynamic repertoire.

Raucous multi-instrumentalism injected additional vibrancy upon the band’s performance, driving into the event’s carnival-like atmosphere and pulsing energy from both band and audience. Tracks from So Long See You Tomorrow, were proven as some of the band’s most dynamic live songs, as Overdone and Feel provoking an electric reaction.



The band continue to include tracks from their debut album, which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year. The crowd certainly retained the feedback that tracks Cancel on Me, Magnet, and Evening/Morning remain firm fan favourites. Although brilliant in itself, without the additional percussion or vocal, the four-piece indie outfit still achieve an electric performance.

New tracks, including I Worry Bout You and I Can Barely Speak, did markedly receive less of a reaction from the crowd. However, despite the tough reviews of their latest album, fans in the audience were still able to recite the lyrics.

The band also made a visit to A Different Kind Of Fix, providing quieter, more thoughtful moments in the set, defining the moment the band moved to a multi-instrumental approach, which provided more proof of how many iconic songs the band hold in their arsenal such as How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep and Shuffle.

Front-man Jack Steadman lamented during the encore that despite the fact, like their single says, “everything else has gone wrong”, members of the audience could momentarily escape from life’s issues, just like the single entails. As the band finished with both old and new, finishing with Always Like This, the opportunity was gladly handed to many.


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