Review of Nothing But Thieves @ O2 Brixton Academy 02/12/16
By Josh Eastoe

After a frantic rush from the tube station, a quick check of google maps verified that soon we were oh-so-close to the venue, and to what was guaranteed to be an amazing night.

Photo credit: Josefine Stübner

The atmosphere outside was electrifying. Nothing But Thieves, one of the greatest success stories of Southend’s now blooming music scene, had been touring across the globe for the best part of a year. This was one of the few U.K. dates outside of their quite frankly stunning achievement of touring with Muse, and the first opportunity for many to see them after a tantalisingly long time.
Both supports, including Vant (who’d been at Reading for the first time earlier this year) really got the crowd energised and ready for the main event of the night, the finale of the sell out tour. However nothing could prepare anyone for the spectacle which followed…
A marvel of light and visuals on a level unprecedented for one of their gigs, only served to guide the crowd through the epic hour and a half a setlist. Bursting through the crowd’s cheers and screams initially was their hit single Itch (which has racked over 3 million views on YouTube), before revealing some highly anticipated new material from their upcoming second album “being recorded in January” frontman Conor Mason announced. Crowd pleasers such as Drawing Pins and Wake Up Call were interlaced with songs like If I Get High, showing of the true talent and range in Conor’s vocals. The night concluded, as they always do, with my personal favourite and absolute tune Ban All the Music, sending myself and the rest of the audience into a slightly terrifying frenzy.

Conor remarked at how only a few years ago, him and his band mates pondered on the dream of playing at the O2 Academy, and that on that night, it was truly a dream come true for him.


Photo credit: Josh Eastoe

Despite being yet another flawless performance, the gig signified something greater for the band, and in fact for the rest of Southend’s bands.
Not only was this a major milestone in their journey to greatness, selling out such a prestigious venue, but also showed what we can expect from such talented bands and musicians as Asylums, FREAK, Petty Phase and many more in the future.

It’s been a pleasure for me to watch Nothing But Thieves rise through the ranks, from headlining Village Green, to appearing on the main stage at Reading Festival, and I’m sure that more great things will come of the band as they continue to shape up to be one of the most exciting upcoming bands in the world right now.

 Josh Eastoe

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