At Bournemouths Local rock and heavy metal bar The Anvil, a small treasure was birthed as artists Oscar Lang, No Rome and beabadoobee performed an exhilarating and refreshing show that was unique to the typical acts that play at The Anvil. The Dirty Hit tour is currently taking place over 20 dates this winter and is known for hosting some of the biggest indie powerhouse bands in the UK such as The 1975, Wolf Alice, Marika Hackman and The Japanese House.
Walking into the Anvil on Tuesday the 3rd of December for the Bournemouth show, the intimate underground venue set grungy undertones setting a perfect mood for what was about to take place. The stage was small with posters plastered all over the back of the walls. A dark moody lighting with red undertones lit up the artists playing. All of the performances were rich in both energy and stage presence. The first act Oscar Lang opened with walking through the small intimate crowd and roaring into the mic. His humours and bubbly stage presence and engagement with the crowd was impelling and got everyone really excited. His choice of songs were all setting an indie tone with underlying jazzy elements. Singing his song ‘French Girl’ he unapologetically showed off his greatest dance moves getting the crowd to join in with him. He then sprung his brand new Christmas song ‘Christmas is home’ upon the crowd allowing everyone to go wild setting a lively atmosphere amongst everyone in the room.
As the night followed into full swing No Rome bounced on stage and casually started playing. Opening with ‘Do it again’ the bass rattled through everyones ears. No Rome were able to really get the crowd going as they brought most energy to the gig. With influence of the 1975, they produced a delightful set for the crowd. The lead singer really got everyone involved. Talking to the fans at the front and letting them sing with him. On their second to last song ‘Pink” the singer got into the crowd and sang the entire song around all of his fans. This got everyone enthusiastic. They ended with ‘Narcisist’ where everyone screamed out the words heavily connecting with the band.
Finally, after a long anticipated wait Beabadoobee gracefully closed the gig with a bang. The band emanated a Wolf Alice influence. The lead singer was highly dedicated to the gig allowing the fans to enjoy every second of her performance. The grunge and moody atmosphere she set fit seemingly well with the venue. The Dirty Hit gig was a success. By the end of the show the crowd had their expectations fulfilled, the fans felt connected to their artist. Everyone seemed excited and really happy about what they had experienced.
Written by Sophia Gunn