From (Greater) Manchester to Margate, from Stockport to the South-Coast, The Winter Gardens noticed Blossoms within the Spring because the band introduced their 2020 tour to the seaside to advertise their third album, ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’. Blossoms have been accompanied by Fever, fortunately and not using a dry cough and protracted headache, and The Magic Gang for his or her first look on the Kent coast.
Fever, made up of 4 very dapper younger males and one bassist (Charley) who appeared like he’d been parachuted in from a ’91 Seattle Grunge competition, have been up first and fairly frankly, a revelation. Their songs have been succinct, rapid, compelling and with out exception, irresistible. The Hull band, who solely shaped in early 2019, performed by way of their two debut singles, ‘Jungle Man’ (described by BBC6Music’s Chris Hawkins as “an anthem”) and ‘Money Love’, while additionally taking time to shout-out a really younger lad within the crowd, Reece, who was having fun with his first gig. Fever closed out their brief set with their forthcoming single ‘Electric’, due out on April third, and undoubtedly gained over an enormous swathe of the gang. This is a band destined for larger issues and it was nice to catch them earlier than they break.
The Magic Gang have been the center males on International Women’s Day, taking to the Winter Gardens stage forward of headliners Blossoms. The Brighton band complemented the three-band invoice with their vibrant, energised songs. The melodic ‘Caroline’ and large hit ‘How Can I Compete’ have been highlights from the band’s debut album while their closing observe ‘Think’ was the most effective of their newer materials. The prolonged jazz-infused quantity noticed some nice brass taking part in amongst the person solos and left the viewers on a excessive.
The stage was cleared and enhanced with a backdrop impressed by Blossoms’ newest album paintings. The lights dimmed and the backdrop was illuminated. The screams from a sure demographic of the gang left you in little question that Blossoms have been taking to the stage. The very well dressed determine of Tom Ogden, in his sharp swimsuit, Cuban heeled boots and neck scarf, commanded the Winter Gardens stage from the off. From the opening observe ‘Your Girlfriend’ by way of newest, staccato-like single ‘If You Think This Is Real Life’ to breakthrough observe ‘Charlemagne’, Blossoms have been on fireplace.
The steadiness of the setlist was skewed in direction of Blossoms’ third album ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’. The band’s second primary album, launched on the finish of January this 12 months, delivered up a number of its finest tracks to the delight of the excitable crowd. Tom took to the LOVE emblazoned keyboards as he sang final 12 months’s late single ‘The Keeper’, inspiring a sing-a-long as he reached the refrain. ‘Like Gravity’, the album title’s name-checking music, highlighted the growing sound that Blossoms have began to discover while ‘Oh No (I Think I’m In Love)’ made you aware of simply how good Blossoms are at writing and performing excellent pop songs.
Blossoms’ second album, ‘Cool Like You’, gave rise to a wonderful rendition of ‘There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)’ and a pumped up ‘I Can’t Stand It’, replete with retro ’80s sounding keys. It was a lot afterward although the place ‘Cool Like You’ delivered up its absolutely charged second of depth. ‘Unfaithful’ was Blossoms rawest observe of the evening, pounding out a propelled beat bathed beneath a purple gentle; it sounded superior.
Some of the largest moments of the evening, nonetheless, have been drawn from the eponymous debut album of 2016. Lead single ‘Blow’ was a transparent crowd favorite and the tender ‘Honey Sweet’ was one of many highlights of the evening. Tom, minus the remainder of the band, closed out the principle set with a solo efficiency of ‘My Favourite Room’ after which got here again out for a 4 set encore that included their largest hit so far, ‘Charlemagne’. The crowd went wild because the looping keys heralded the beginning of the music. Tom led the singing however the noise from the gang singing alongside made it much more gratifying. The collective choir lifted the roof on The Winter Gardens because the encores capped off an evening of very particular performances.