I didn’t think I was that big of a Bastille fan – I was wrong.
Last night Bastille played to a sold out crowd at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall, but really, they were playing the soundtrack to the life I want to live in forever.
Their infectious, pop-Indie mix of music sailed off stage and into my heart and soul – no doubt fellow concert goers felt the same way.
Smith had the crowd dancing and singing along to just about every song, even newer ones, and before playing “Rhythm of the Night” Smith asked everyone an important question.
“During this song, I want you guys to get down with me,” said Smith. “Not in a sexy way though. Can you do that for me?”
Smith himself was dancing the entire night and even moved all the way to the balcony, surprising fans and dancing with them during their performance of “Flaws.”
The night’s show included a cover of TLC’s “Scrubs” (the song was previously recorded in the band’s demo days) and a surprise performance of their new song, “Weapon,” with a special appearance by rapper Angel Haze.
The highlight of the night though was the finale, when Bastille played their breakout song, “Pompeii,” inviting Haze and opening acts Grizfolk and Ella Eyre back on stage.
Smith asked us to put away our phones – “there are enough videos of this song on Youtube already” – and invited us instead to embrace the moment. Halfway through the song, confetti shot into the air and covered the audience, who was dancing and singing.
As I alluded to earlier, I thought I wasn’t a big Bastille fan, but seeing them live has convinced me otherwise. Their music sounds fantastic live and is definitely more powerful on stage. They were the third band I've seen live this week, and even though I was dead tired long before they came on stage (concert going is a lot of work!), it was easily my favorite concert so far this fall (it’s my tenth concert since October).
Bastille is currently working on a second album, with several new songs debuted live already. There is no formal release date or title yet, but Smith says that they have enough songs demoed for a new album to be released “sometime in the future.”
To check out Bastille and future tour dates, visit their website here.