Friday night, we made our way to the riverfront in Cincinnati to see Bastille play live at US Bank Arena. We orignally bought tickets to see them play at a smaller venue in Northern Kentucky, but they ended up selling out so quickly the show was rescheduled to the Arena, which really? Was actually pretty darn awesome.
I ended up rebuying our tickets when the show moved venues and kept us in the pit. Something I rarely do. I'm a shorty. I like to see. But this seemed like a show where the pit would just be that fun. And being in standing room only did not disappoint.
For starters, the opening band, Grizfolk, was really energetic. They had an alt-country feel to them that was really endearing, and they worked SO hard to get the crowd warmed up for Bastille. They lead the crowd in clapping, tried to get the crowd jumping, and even led a few sing-alongs to their songs. This was the first time I heard Grizfolk and I liked what I heard enough that I'll be streaming them on Spotify or iTunes radio in the coming weeks.
When Bastille took the stage just after 9pm, the crowd went wild. They immediately launched into their set, starting with some of their most well-known songs, including "The Weight of Living" and "The Things we Lost in the Fire."
The lead singer had some stellar hair and worked the stage incredibly well. It was obvious he was loving the performance, and at one point, he asked the crowd to turn on their cell phone LED lights to illuminate the arena while he sang, because he liked how it looked from the stage. I'll admit, it was gorgeous and made us feel more involved in the show.
Of course, there were cover songs, which were performed admirably. They covered "No Scrubs," which had me not only singing along, but dancing and laughing because it was so unexpected, and as part of their encore, they included "Rhythm of the Night," which was also unexpected but awesome.
The band did play at least one song from an upcoming album, which was impressive. Their stage set up resembled their signature triangle, and was composed of several screens. This made for some great visuals, especially during the lead-in to "Icarus," where there were silhouettes of birds across all of the screens. It was striking and added so much to their performance.
Now, I'll be the first to admit: my husband is the one who owns the Bastille album, and I've listened to it enough that I knew I would like them, but now? After seeing them live? I just want more and more. They were so high energy and fun, and got me jumping and moving almost as much as the Arcade Fire concert back in March.
This was really a wonderful show to end our 2014 concert-going season with. It was exciting, fun, energetic, and let the concert season end on a really strong, really high note.
As for next year? Well, we're still waiting for schedules and tour dates to be announced, but I can only imagine it will be as awesome as 2014 was, if not more.