Milky Chance sold out their gig at what was meant to originally be at the ABC in Glasgow, and so there was a change in venue, to the O2 Academy. Performing to an energetic crowd the three-piece opened the gig with Clouds which evidently appealed to the mostly young crowd.
Milky Chance is a German folk group originating from Kassel, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Clemens Rehbein, DJ and producer Philipp Dausch, and guitarist Antonio Greger. Having formed in 2013 they’re a young group to be selling out venues like the ABC or O2 Academy in Glasgow. The band made their TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October 2014, and also won the European Border Breakers Award that month. Promoting new album, Blossom, the boys seemed to be excited to be in Glasgow throwing a vibrant show together.
Although the music was not to my taste, the boys had a youthful vibrancy about them which diffused into the crowd, although many were expressing that through their irritating use of smartphones, filming and taking stills. Blossom was a particular favourite with the audience, as many were on shoulders singing the chorus in unison with front man Clemens Rehbein. Their excitement was clearly feeding off this response from the crowd and at one point they confessed it was the lead singer’s birthday, washing the experience down with a ‘bevvy’. Twenty-five he was turning and hence, the energy, and squad of smartphone users. However, one thing was clear, the harmonica was very much in use, and certainly in no bad way. That was one thing which held this gig together, that, and the well choreographed lights.
They received a great deal of love from the crowd but there was a very odd moment where they played a Tallest Man on Earth track, “acoustically.” This was certainly not fitting for a Friday night gig in a venue the size of the O2 and did not quite come off the way in which it was hoped I imagine. They then jumped into the bands most popular song Stolen Dance, which is from the 2014 record. At this point we decided to vacate the venue before it was swarmed with a load of excitable fans as we were all trying to leave this packed out gig. This was not one for me but certainly kept their fans happy, whilst killing their smartphone batteries.
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