Gig Review + Photography by Sophie Jones

This week in the UK we’re experiencing freezing cold temperatures from the Arctic air current changing direction, but that doesn’t stop the people turning up to Bodega in Nottingham to see Halflives, Chapel and The Faim on their first UK headline tour.

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As I enter the room I quickly discover how small the venue is and the shooting restrictions as the room was already half full and it was pretty tight in there, but thankfully the fans were absolutely wonderful and offered me a place as close to the stage as possible for me to capture the evening.

First up were Halflives to get the crowd warmed up and that they did with everyone moving along and having a good time.

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Their set seemed to have flown by but along the way Linda had the room jumping from floor to ceiling and got a round of almighty cheers as they left the stage.

After a quick change over it was time for indie/pop duo Chapel to take to the stage. Their set was full of groovy little bops to get you moving as well as plenty of banter from Carter.

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If you’ve never heard of The Faim what rock have you’ve been hiding under? Last year they supported artists like PVRIS and Against The Current but not only that, they performed at three of the UK’s biggest festivals; Slamdunk Festival, Reading and Leeds and Download Festival. Now they’re embarking on their first headline UK tour.

New drummer Linden took to the stage followed by Stevie and Sam then just as they broke into Saints of the Sinners, Josh burst out onto centre stage sending the room into a frenzy, from the get go the energy levels were high from both audience and the band. I must say I’ve seen The Faim a handful of times and already this was the best performance I’ve seen from them and this was only a few songs into the night.

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Halfway through the set Sam and Linden left the stage leaving Stevie behind the keys and Josh took a moment to slow things down and head into the middle of the room to perform a new song titled ‘Where The River Runs’ which was an emotional heart felt song vocally which the audience all loved and were visibly moved.

Setlist:
Saints of the Sinners
My Heart Needs To Breathe
When It Comes
Infamous
Fire
Midland Line
Where The River Runs
A Million Stars
I Can Feel You
Make Believe
Amelie
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The night was flying by, the energy was high, the songs were fast passed with the odd slow one of course and the room just seemed so excited and happy to be witnessing this performance but to end the night in style during ‘Summer is a Curse’ Josh climbed the stacked amps and performed from the top while the rest of the band rocked out as hard as they could for the last moments of the night.

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This is just the beginning for them and there seems to be no sign of them slowing down. This Friday their new single ‘Fire’ will be released and you can hear his song live as part of the tour.

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