Gig Review by Nathan Westley with Photography by Mike Burnell

Ask a random in the street if they have heard of Daphne & Celeste and if they have, chances are that they will mention at least one of two things. One is for either of their two incredibly catchy bubblegum pop singles that landed in the UK charts near the millennium; the other is for a now legendary performance at the Reading festival that saw them pelted with bottles full of urine.

Daphne and Celeste at the Brighton Hope 30th Mar 2018 pic by mike burnell-1787

Whilst some may have expected them to potentially end up on the University circuit alongside such pop acts as S Club, 5ive and The Venga Boys; not many would have foresaw a return for them some eighteen years after outside of that.

Daphne and Celeste at the Brighton Hope 30th Mar 2018 pic by mike burnell-1825

Daphne and Celeste at the Brighton Hope 30th Mar 2018 pic by mike burnell-1900

On the day that their new Max Tundra produced album Daphne and Celeste Save The World was released we see a band that have been repowered. From the sassy R&B flecked opener ‘You and Me Alone’ onwards we are treated to a series of intelligent and uplifting pop songs that reference such things as Stephen Hawking’s string theory through to American Candy.

Daphne and Celeste at the Brighton Hope 30th Mar 2018 pic by mike burnell-1758

Daphne and Celeste at the Brighton Hope 30th Mar 2018 pic by mike burnell-1714

Though we can only guess at who the Basic Busker referred to on the song ‘BB’ is; it saw Max Tundra strum a simple and repetitive chord over and over before the songs bursts into an energetic explosion of hi-energy futurist electro pop. Whilst new single ‘Alarms’ with its stuttered “Uh, uh, uh” opening refrain is three and a half minutes of cosmic R&B but the music makes up half what a Daphne and Celeste gig is about. Ultimately their performance is centred on it being fun; as much as it is about the music. Tonight saw them bring a party atmosphere that was rich in its use of dance moves, bubble machines and confetti; with Daphne even venturing into using balloons to make several toy animals on stage during the course of an instrumental section within one song.

Daphne and Celeste at the Brighton Hope 30th Mar 2018 pic by mike burnell-1894

Daphne and Celeste at the Brighton Hope 30th Mar 2018 pic by mike burnell-1839

They may have released one of the pop albums of the year, but for all the brazen bubblegum pop on show, no Daphne and Celeste performance would be complete without an airing of their two most well known songs. Ultimately it was both of their originating singles ‘Ooh Stick You’ and the ‘U.G.L.Y’ that received the biggest reaction of the night. Greeted with cheers, these instant sing-a-longs may have been the honey that attracted some of the audience, but by its end those people would have been convinced that Daphne & Celeste have far more to offer.

Daphne and Celeste at the Brighton Hope 30th Mar 2018 pic by mike burnell-1901

Daphne and Celeste at the Brighton Hope 30th Mar 2018 pic by mike burnell-1818

Tonight was more than a case of people searching for just simple nostalgia, instead it was a celebration of how fun and intelligent bubblegum pop can actually be. Welcome back Daphne and Celeste, we missed you far more than we realised.

Daphne and Celeste at the Brighton Hope 30th Mar 2018 pic by mike burnell-1823

Daphne and Celeste at the Brighton Hope 30th Mar 2018 pic by mike burnell-1877

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