Tonights event at the Scala venue is completely sold out with a large queue forming outside well before the doors open.
First up tonight is Anathema's label mates North Atlantic Oscillation. By the time they go on stage the venue is already fairly full so they have a large crod to impress. NAO play some very good prog rock with a strong electronic feel to it. Its certainly nowhere near as heavy as Anathema but their brand of prog goes down well with the crowd and no doubt will have earned them some new fans. Their set includes several tracks from their album "Grappling Hooks" as well as a number of new tracks.
By the time Anathema take to the stage, the venue is absolutely jammed full of people. Anathema kick off the show by playing their 2010 album "We're here because we're here" in its entirety before moving on to some older material. The band are clearly thrilled to be playing their first sold out London show - a great way to end their UK tour. There is a marked contrast between the bands newer material and their older stuff so playing a set made up of all new stuff followed by the older stuff could easily misfire and see fans of the newer material leaving early, but in the end they manage to keep the entire crowd happy throughout the entire set. Overall this was an excellent nights entertainment and the band deserve their slot at the High Voltage festival this summer.
Anathema photos: http://www.festivalphoto.net/index.php?page=2&concertID=17894
North Atlantic Oscillation photos: http://www.festivalphoto.net/index.php?page=2&concertID=17914
North Atlantic Oscillation setlist:
One pure tone
Expert with a Himeter
Hollywood has ended
Angels Walk Among Us
A Simple Mistake
Get Off, Get Out
One Last Goodbye
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover)
A Natural Disaster