Rat Boy @ o2 Institute Birmingham – 24 September 2016

Posted by Gig Junkies on Saturday Sep 24, 2016 Under Alternative, Hip Hop/Rap, Indie, Pop-Punk

Gig Review by Hayley Clark with Photography by Hollie Turner.

So the story goes a little like this. As eager fans braved a wet, blustery night  in what seemed to look like a never-ending queue at Birmingham Institute to see one of 2016`s hottest rising stars, the lone Gig Junkies contributor heard a voice after dodging traffic crossing the road enquiring where she was going, who was on and would it be a good night? A bit of “chit chat” as she enquired, to the out-of-town group of handsome young men “if they were going there too?” A cheeky grin flashed as “Rat Boy” coolly replied he was performing and then it dawned, talk about an #Epicfail but explaining who,why, where and when we parted with this Chelmsford charmer reminding  to “write him a good review…”…


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As the teenage crowd waited with anticipation , the entire front row was filled with girls, applying makeup to impress. The energy of the venue raised to a higher level waiting for 20-year-old Jordan Cardy to adorn the stage, as the DJ played old school hip hop like O.D.B and Run DMC  and, when he does, is no disappointment.

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As a dancing zombie appeared in luminous orange Guantanamo prison overalls, the crowd overflowed jumping to the ska/hip hop/indie infused beat of the NME best newcomer`s track “Move”, giant foam cigarettes launching like rockets into the crowd as well as the band spraying the crowd with bottled water to cool the temperature down.

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The eager to please crowd hung off the cheeky chappie’s lyrics, pogoing and parting a sea in the crowd Moses would be proud of, to create a mosh pit.  As the crowd went crazy, arms waving in the air as they were told they were shooting the next video at the venue –  teens high on shoulders in the air to the annoyance of the venue security, which kept summoning them down.

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As one riff blended into another with ease , the sweaty audience chanted along with rebellious favorites ‘Wasteman’, ‘Fake ID’ and ‘Scum’, sporting a “’Tories Out’ patch on his jeans, Rat Boy gave the youth a music history lesson as he broke into the opening bars of  ‘This Charming Man’ declaring “That’s by the Smiths if you don`t know…”

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Quirky yet cool, an encore later and the night drew to a premature climax, and not one to disappoint –  the fans wanting more. Rat Boy declared him and the boys would be at the merchandise stand afterwards for those wanting to pop by for a selfie or two, a rare sight for a headliner with such a large following, but proved he was humble even with the rock and roll reputation.

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Final verdict for the end of the night was the energy and effort put in by the band proved they won’t be signing on anytime soon, with the crowd being like putty at this charmer’s feet, there was no need to even give a good review and exaggerate Rat Boy’s stage presence as he brought the venue down for one of the best gigs in a while there.

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If you don’t manage to catch the energetic newcomers in Bristol on the 28th September, November sees them starting the ‘Les Inrocks’ festival from the 18th -22nd November in France, we promise you won’t be disappointed!!!!!!!

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