This Feeling TV Showcase
Black Honey + Trampolene + Lacuna Bloome
Hope & Ruin, Brighton
September 7 2018
Words/Pictures: Steve Willcox
For the first time promoters This Feeling's TV arm, sponsored by Red Stripe, have ventured out from the confines of the Big Smoke to bring the feels down to the seaside. Inside tonight's location, the Brighton Hope & Ruin venue, anticipation is buzzing nicely for what is part gig, part filmed show, with TF head honcho Mikey Jonn’s running around this 100+ strong crowd making sure we’re all happy.
First off on the bill tonight are relatively new kids on the block, Lacuna Bloome. Having seen them little over a year ago, it has to be said that this reviewer was not blown away - which all goes to show what a year of hard graft, new management and a truck full of banging songs can do for you, as their set here is spot on the money. ‘Find Your Way’ has a solo guitar riff that slowly infiltrates into the subconscious, before they bring their shoegaze rhythms into the mix. New single ‘I Am’ is captivating live and the crowd are already dancing to this brilliant song, before they end with the sublime ‘Fin’.
The excited audience has no regard for the TV cameras working around them, as they mosh at the front with some crowd surfing thrown in for good measure (and good TV, of course), which then turns into a frenzy with latest tune ‘Midnight’. During final song ‘Corrine’, the fans start to invade the stage, but Izzy B exerts her dominance by making everyone sit down, singing amongst them, until the song ramps up and everybody starts jumping till the very end.
This Feeling certainly knows how to get a party started and with the acts tonight, it's brought out the best in all of us. Keep 'em peeled here for the full version of the show which goes out on September 24.