Sundara Karma – Albert Hall, Manchester (16th Feb 2017)

Fresh from their support slot on Two Door Cinema Club’s UK tour, Sundara Karma embarked on their own sold out headline tour last week, playing Manchester’s Albert Hall on Friday night. The lyrics to ‘Be Nobody’ “all the kids are ravers ‘cause the church is now the club” springs to mind with this revamped venue.

Opening support act, The Night Café are set to have a brilliant year. With various support slots with the likes of The Hunna and Blaenavon and playing BBC’s Introducing stage at T In The Park last year, it’s no wonder the Liverpool quartet are on the rise. With the success of their new single ‘Strange Clothes’, they are heading off on a headline tour in April/May, definitely one not to be missed. 

Blaenavon got the crowd raring and ready to go with their short but sweet set. Featuring some of their biggest hits ‘Orthodox Man’ and ‘Let’s Pray’, they were certainly able to give Sundara Karma a run for their money. Their headline tour takes place in March, followed by the release of their debut album ‘That’s Your Lot’ on the 7th April, it’s set to be one of the albums of the year. 

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Headliners Sundara Karma came out with full force to ‘Hollaback Girl’ which followed a very random playlist during the fill period; featuring the likes of Kylie, Mambo Number 5 and Billy Joel. Unlike most bands who play tracks of a similar genre, Sundara Karma seemed to have a strong taste for the guilty pleasures from the 90’s. But more surprising was that the young crowd sung along to each and every song, perhaps this was a play on their debut album’s title ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’. 

The Reading based band opened with ‘A Young Understanding’, one of their most loved songs. Followed by a string of tracks from the new album, as well as some old songs such as ‘Indigo Puff’ and ‘Freshbloom’, along with a cover of Luther Vandross’ ‘Never Too Much’. 

An electric atmosphere was apparent all night, this could be thanks to the tens of huge balloons floating around the venue as well as the many mosh pits and glitter queen Oscar coming down to the crowd in the middle of the set, almost being pulled into a crowd surf.

The set closed with ‘Loveblood’, possibly the bands biggest hit to date along with ‘Flame’. The perfect climax to end the night came in the shape of cannons shooting confetti around the room, holding everyone in awe. From the success of this tour so far, we can only look forward to what comes next for Sundara Karma.

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