|Sundara Karma. Photo courtesy of Albert Hall.|
Sundara Karma are one of the biggest names on the indie music scene at the moment and after seeing them live it is clear why. After recently releasing their debut album in January of this year, Oscar Pollock, Ally Batty, Dom Cordell and Haydn Evans have embarked on a twelve day UK tour which included a sold out show at Manchester's Albert Hall. With a line up consisting of three of the most current and talked about bands, it is no wonder that every young music fan seemed to be going.
Support came from Liverpool indie The Night Café who kicked off the gig playing a short but sweet set full of all their most popular songs. The band have previously supported fellow indie band The Hunna and have played T in the Parks BBC Introducing stage, proving that they are slowly but surely making their way up in the world. Their most recent single 'Strange Clothes' features uplifting melodies and warm riffs, and continues to showcase their unique and refreshing sound.
As more and more of the lucky people who had managed to grab a ticket flooded into Albert Hall, three piece alternative band Blaenavon took to the stage, amplifying a much deeper sound. Having previously supported the mega popular Two Door Cinema Club and American dream pop band DIIV, Blaenavon are becoming one of those bands everybody is talking about. While their catalogue contains an array of chilled out songs, their live performances are anything but. With lead singer and guitarist Ben Gregory throwing out whacky dance moves during each song, their music sports huge rock vibes. Meanwhile the crowd were forming huge mosh-pits and even singing along to some of Blaenavon's most popular songs.
As fans eagerly waited for the show to start, giant balloons were thrown out into the audience. Soon enough Sundara Karma erupted onto the stage, opening with the first song on their debut album 'A Young Understanding'. Kitted out with a shiny silver backdrop and with nothing but gold glitter on his chest and a matching guitar, it is clear to see lead singer Oscar Pollock is set to be a huge star. The whole band displayed an impressive amount of energy as they continued through their set performing hit after hit.
Even between songs the crowd never stopped which gave the impression the entire room was full of super fans. From the barrier where people watched with admiration right to the back of the room where groups had claimed their own corner to dance in, every member of the audience looked engaged and there was not one dull moment.
With the combination of catchy songs that everybody knew the words to, the uplifting stage presence of the band and the unbelievably excitable fans, an unusual sense of intimacy was created in the two thousand capacity venue.
Some of the most popular songs of the night included, Vivienne, She Said and a cover of Luther Vandross' 'Never Too Much' before the set came to an end with their most well-known song Loveblood. The bridge of the song built up before the last chorus played as huge display of confetti shot out into the crowd from all corners of the stage.
Sundara Karma are arguably one of the most exciting bands around at the moment and have just been announced as headliner for Dot to Dot festival in May. Their set is sure to be just as fiery and energetic and is definitely not to be missed.