What a hot and sweaty night this was, but it was fantastic!
As December Falls were finishing their tour off by returning to Leicester for their second ever show in the city and it had a lot to live up to. 5 dates on this tour, including Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds, with 3 of those shows selling out, could Leicester possibly sell out as well. In the week leading upto the gig, the Facebook event page was being updated with how many tickets were left and I’m happy to say that on the day it did end up selling out. 5 dates, with 4 sell outs, that’s how you do a tour.
Supporting As December Falls on the tour dates were Bronnie, with 2 local support acts added to each event, in Leicester we also had Oceans Apart and Our City Fires on the bill
Doors opened at 7pm and it was great to see a really good crowd throughout the night, supporting each and every band. We didn’t see anyone leaving after the band they’d come to see had played, or anyone turning up late to just catch the headliners. Well, there may have been some, but it wasn’t at all noticeable, it looked like everyone turned up for the start and stayed right to the end.
First band on the night were Oceans Apart. A relatively new band but all members have been in other bands, so they are in no way new to all this, and it really shows. Fantastic stage presence, using every inch of the stage, and at times even coming into the crowd, they know how to kick off a gig and get the crowd warmed up. Catchy tunes, great energy and looking like they belong on any stage, one to look out for in the future as I’m sure I’ll be hearing a lot more about Oceans Apart in the coming months and years.
Another local act on next, Our City Fires, who also have members I’ve seen in other bands at various points over the past few years. Also, when As December Falls played their first gig in Leicester, Our City Fires were supporting them on that night, so they must have made an impression to have them supporting again. Another fantastic set, I’ve seen them play a few times over the last couple of years, they keep getting better and I always look out for any gigs that they’re playing, knowing it’ll be a good night.
A couple of great local acts to kick off the night and if anyone had come along just to see As December Falls or main supports Bronnie, I’m sure they would have been impressed and hopefully become fans of these two Leicester based bands.
Next up were the main tour support, Bronnie. I’ll admit that I hadn’t heard of these before them being announced as tour support, but I’d checked them out in the lead up to this gig and I liked what I was hearing and reading, I really should have been aware of them before this. Seeing them live I was not disappointed, they were awesome, and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on their future gigs to see if I can get along to any more.
Headlining this event, and back for only their second ever show in Leicester, it was time for As December Falls to take to the stage. Last time they played in Leicester it was also at The Shed, and they even spoke briefly about it during this gig, as it was a very different gig, with not the best turnout, but I put that down to the gig being on a Sunday and an earlier start, you can’t beat a Friday/Saturday night gig. If you want to read about that and see some photos, here’s that post.
Playing a set that lasted roughly 50 minutes, and consisted of 12 songs in total, they mainly played tracks from their self titled debut album but included a cover and some from previous EPs. With the crowd singing and dancing along the whole way through, it was a fantastic turnout, so many people packed into The Shed to enjoy some up-and-coming bands. With a lot of people in attendance, it did make it a bit difficult to move around and take photos, but I’d take a packed crowd over an empty venue any day.
Sounding really good, interacting with the crowd, you can tell that As December Falls are at home on the stage and I’m sure it won’t be too long before the stages get bigger and bigger, and they fully deserve it.
A wonderful night with four fantastic bands, all performing a kind of similar style of music, but each very different in their own way. If you are a fan of any of these bands then you’d have had a great night seeing the other bands on the lineup. An exceptional way to finish off their almost completely sold out UK tour.