Gig Review: Sunset Sons At the O2 Academy Bournemouth

Sunset Sons

With Lead Singer Rory Williams returning back to his home town of Bournemouth, the audience of the O2 Academy were in for an out of this world performance, and Sunset Sons did not disappoint putting on an unbelievable performance, possibly one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Sunset Sons
Sunset Sons have been touring the UK with their Very Rarely Say Die Album which was released in early April and have just returned from Europe ready to hit the UK. After talking to the bands lead singer Rory two weeks ago (check the exclusive interview out here) it was great to see the boys put their words into action!

jessaraeThe night began in full flow with a supporting set from Jessarae, a singer/songwriter originally from LA. He played a number of very chilled songs, occasionally picking up the guitar with great skill. His presence was exciting enough to warm up the crowd, with the artist even throwing in a cover of ‘Sweet Disposition’ by Temper Trap, which I’ve since added to my YouTube playlist.

The O2 Academy itself is an old theatre which meant that the act wasn’t slowed down by the crew running endless wires across the stage and moving instruments around; which happens in so many live performances. This gave audience members the perfect amount of time to grab a pint before the main event…

Finally the lights dimmed for a second time and the boys from Sunset Sons dived onto the stage with their album cover projected behind them. They began their set by playing Medicine from their 2015 EP ‘The Fall Line’.  As one of the bands most popular songs, clocking 1.3 million plays on Spotify, It was just the track needed to get the concert into gear. This was followed by the song Tick Tock from the new album which really confirmed this was going to be a extraordinary show. With the audience already buzzing, it was clear that everyone was having a good time!

The band went on to play She Wants, the song that launched their music career after Zane Lowe added it to the BBC Radio 1 ‘Introducing’ playlist. This was one of the best songs of the night, as the whole crowd sang along, Robin Windram rocked out on the guitar and the stage was lit.Rory Williams

The boys went on to play Disco Bands which Rory joked the band added back to the set list to get it the justification it deserves. As one of their most demanded songs, Disco Bands was a definite crowd-pleaser! With members of the audience hugging friends with excitement, the song definitely made some people’s night.

Sunset Sons also played their new single VROL (standing for Vague Reference Of Love) which was well received by the audience, and to my surprise some people already knew all the words even though the song was only released last week! Despite this, It was played impeccably as the band had fun performing their new track, setting a good tone for the album to come.

The boys finished off their set on a high with Somewhere Maybe, a single they released in February this year. They absolutely smashed it with Williams dancing around with the frontman making it clear that Sunset Sons are very much a live band (like he had said in his interview two weeks earlier).  The boys finally  left the stage with the crowd elated, so much so that the cheering never stopped and the band returned for another three songs; I Can’t Wait, Lost Company and On The Road. During On The Road, Rory jumped into the crowd giving out hi-fives and hugs to audience members. It was a fantastic end to an epic show.