The Gig: iTunes Festival 2011- Noah and The Whale supported by Fixers
When: 24 July 2011
Where: The Roundhouse, Camden, London, UK
In One Word: Outstanding
Having never seen Noah and The Whale, I was extremely excited about seeing them at one of my favourite venues in London, The Roundhouse in Camden.
I missed most of Fixers set due to a completely ridiculous photo restriction that was imposed by iTunes which meant all photographers had to be escorted in and out of the photo pit and then had to check their gear into the cloakroom after shooting… but what I did see was very exciting! Their music was a medley of the likes of Foals and Two Door Cinema Club but I found the vocals to be a little weak and a bit whiney fro my taste but otherwise it was a very strong performance.
There seemed to be quite a long wait for Noah and The Whale but after an instrumental version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” the band emerged on stage and launched straight into “Give A Little Love” from the band’s first album Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down.
Afterwards, a cheerful fiddle signals the start of “Just Before We Met” and the thing that I’ve found to really like about Noah and The Whale is Tom Hobden’s fiddle playing which makes their music all the more interesting and defines their sound. It’s a song about the good and bad memories, as to banish the things that have happened before and make way for the good. This seemed to be the key theme for the gig as the set was filled the the bands more upbeat numbers.
The thing that annoys me about the iTunes festival is that people seemed to be applying for tickets just because they were free and had little or no interest in the music which made the atmosphere almost non-existent. This was in no way Noah and The Whale’s fault as they gave the performance of their lives but it did seem to spoil the night for me when I could over hear someone else’s conversation over the music.
The biggest cheers of the night inevitably came for the band’s breakthrough single “5 Years Time” and “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N” as it was pretty much radio songs for a radio crowd.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting a performance of this calibre. Against the odds, and a chattering audience, Noah and The Whale were o I’ll be actively looking to go see them play again.
© Lauren Towner, Music Vice
Pictures of Fixers and Noah and The Whale at iTunes Festival, London: