REVIEW: The Wombats delight sell-out crowd

PUBLISHED: 14:36 29 March 2018

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Liverpool indie stars The Wombats delighted a sold-out crowd at Bristol’s O2 Academy last night (Wednesday), delving into their brimming back catalogue of hits.

Anticipation was high among an energetic audience of 1,600 fans, and The Wombats did not disappoint – delivering a masterful performance.

The three-piece took to the stage after excellent support from The Night Café and Bloxx, and they kickstarted their set with an awesome rendition of Cheetah Tongue from new album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life.

Undoubtedly, the highlight of a first-class set was an ascent to the 13th floor of a hotel using creative graphics while the band played humorous ‘elevator music’ before launching into a full-throttle performance of 2008 single Moving To New York, which got the crowd bouncing.

Other famous songs from their debut album, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, were given an outing – including Let’s Dance To Joy Division and Kill The Director which delighted followers of the band from the beginning, including myself.

But their newer material was equally well received, with the packed audience singing along to Lemon To A Knife Fight and Turn.

What made the show more impressive was singer and guitarist Matthew Murphy clearly battling a cold and sneezing between verses – but it did little to deter him as he led from the front in a top-quality performance.

The band returned for an encore featuring balloons and wombat costumes, with Tokyo and Greek Tragedy proving the perfect tunes to close the show.

The Wombats play the final date of their UK tour in Southampton tonight before playing a series of shows around Europe next month.

Their summer will be spent supporting Weezer and Pixies in the United States, before returning home to rock the Reading and Leeds festivals respectively.

For more information, visit www.thewombats.co.uk

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