Arriving only minutes before Blue Hawaii took to the stage, I was a bit surprised to see such a small crowd turn out on a Friday night for what was sure to be somewhat of a dance-along gig.
Going on stage dressed in clothes more appropriate for an Arctic expedition, Ra Standell started off the set with Free at Last, the first track from new album Tenderness.
It didn’t take long for the crowd to start moving along with the infectious synth pop beats created by the other half of the duo, Alex ‘Agor’ Kerby.
The on stage dynamic between the two, during and in between the songs, is full of good humour and the obvious fun they are having throughout their short 45-50 minute set, works its way from the stage and into the the dancing crowd.
From disco through techno beats with big 80s brass samples, everything comes together seamlessly and as they leave after playing No One Like You, we are left wanting to hear more.
Even though Blue Hawaii create a fairly polished live sound, dynamically there’s more than enough going on between the filters, effects and vocals to make you feel like they aren’t just pressing play on a Mac and going through the motions. Actually, it’s the exact opposite. They make us feel like we are part of the show through the chatting between songs, encouraging us to dance along and generally creating a great atmosphere in The Hug an Pint. If only someone had thought to put them on later and in a club environment this might’ve been even better than it was. As it was though, this was still one of the best gigs I’ve been to at this venue this year and highly recommend getting along to see them at a venue near you soon.
For more on Blue Hawaii and their tour click here.