Blossoms Virtual Gig at O2 Academy Brixton | Live Review

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Stockport lads Blossoms work their magic in the virtual world

Blossoms have had quite the 2020 starting with number one record Foolish Loving Spaces earning them some of their best reviews to date and a series of lockdown recordings to lift fans spirits through the pandemic . They also put out a fine live record from their concert at the Plaza Theatre in Stockport in the early part of 2020. The group have put on a virtual concert at London’s iconic O2 Brixton Academy that acted as a fantastic showcase for their musicianship and potential as a band. 

Opening with an acoustic reworking of Blown Rose from their 2016 debut the group tore through an 18 track set-list, heavily featuring songs from their newest record and a fair share from the debut. Perhaps one criticism is that 2018’s Cool Like You got less of a look in but in the grand scheme of things this is a small blemish in an otherwise fantastic set. 

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Photo by Suzie Fellows

The way the tracks from the various albums juxtapose is fantastic to watch and shows the variety of styles the group has tinkered with to date and should buoy fans at the great things that are still to come.  Piano driven The Keeper and Talking Heads inspired Your Girlfriend are early highlights with the duo from Cool Like You, There’s a Reason Why and I can’t stand it marrying these wonderfully.  The group even manage to give a first live rendition to their new pair of Christmas tunes Christmas Eve and It’s Going To Be A Cold Winter and far from being turkey’s these complement the seasonal backdrop of the venue adorned with Christmas trees and add a festive feeling. 

The whole set really does come together cohesively one of my personal favourites off their debut Honey Sweet sounds as fine as ever and the disco drenched My Swimming Brain from the most recent record sounds a treat live.  Ending with two tracks of their debut At Most A Kiss and Charlemagne the group really put on an 80 minute virtual spectacle. 

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Photo by Suzie Fellows

While we are stuck watching these kind of shows from our front rooms it acts a reminder of the urgency of live music and how much we miss gigs. There was some compensation for the lack of a crowd with some banter filled moments between Tom Ogden and the other band members that we might not have seen at a capacity venue, this added an atmosphere to proceedings and the band carried themselves really well in spite of the lack of audience.  Blossoms are most certainly one to seek out as and when we are able to return to live venues and here’s hoping the much anticipated 4th record isn’t far off from these hardworking lads. 

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