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UK electro-rockers Bastille captivate the Liacouras Center audience

Bastille | Photo by Brittany Salerno
Bastille | Photo by Brittany Salerno

There’s only one word to describe the Bastille show Tuedsay night: captivating. Anyone, including myself, who was inside the Liacouras Center yesterday was a captive of their music, but unlike most people who are held captive, we didn’t want to leave. These four musicians – frontman Dan Smith, Kyle Simmons on keys, Will Farquarson on bass, and Chris Wood on drums – are excellent performers that make their songs even more enticing. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bastille at Liacouras Center, Kat Edmonson at World Cafe Live, and King Tuff at First Unitarian Church

Bastille | Photo by John Vettese
Bastille | Photo by John Vettese

Bastille will be performing this evening at the Liacouras Center. The London-based pop-rock collective have had a huge rise to fame over the past year led by the immense success of their hit song “Pompeii”, which reached number 2 in the UK and 5 in the US. The group’s frontman Dan Smith explained in an interview with The Telegraph that they had never imagined becoming so big:

Led by me, we’ve always been a group of pessimists…Our expectations have been incredibly low. I never, ever imagined leaving Great Britain…We’ve been pleasantly surprised.
The humble four-piece outfit is sure to bring down the house at tonight’s performance. Visit the XPN Concert Calendar for more information and check out their latest music video for “Flaws” below. Continue reading →
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Bastille to play Liacouras Center in October

Bastille | Photo by John Vettese
Bastille | Photo by John Vettese

UK pop-rock foursome Bastille just announced the rest of their Bad Blood: The Last Stand US tour dates, which includes a show at the Liacouras Center on Tuesday, October 7th. 2013 was a big year for the band, with hits like “Pompeii” and “Bad Blood,” and an appearance on Saturday Night Live. They recently played Governor’s Ball and are currently touring throughout Europe for the rest of the summer. Find tickets and info for their show here and listen “Things We Lost In The Fire” below.

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UK indie dance sensation Bastille making its Philly debut in Septemeber at Union Transfer

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Photo by David Howarth for clashmusic.com

Woah man, let me take a second and tell you how stoked I am for UK indie dance sensation Bastille to make its Philly debut. I was traveling across the pond earlier this spring, and the band – primarily the project of singer / multi-instrumentalist Dan Smith – was all over BBC Radio 1. I mean that in the best way; songs like “Pompeii” are catchy but don’t wear thin, and their sound is a super tight bridge between Calvin Harris style dance-pop and the bookish, driving Vampire Weekend indie rock world. After several days of traveling around the island and bopping to all the stuff from the Bad Blood LP that was in rotation, I caught Bastille at the Liverpool Sound City festival and was duly impressed. Live, Smith fleshes out his music with a full band and lots of auxiliary percussion, freeing him up to own the role of super charismatic frontman – folks might call it EDM, but that’s seriously short-selling it, since it encompasses a lot more. This week the band announced its first U.S. tour and makes its Philadelphia debut at Union Transfer on September 29th; tickets go on sale this Friday, June 28th, at noon via the venue’s website. Check out the “Pompeii” video below, listen to the Haunt EP on Spotify and get ready to dance.

Bastille – Pompeii from David on Vimeo.