#EventSpeaks: ONE OK ROCK @ Roundhouse, London – 10/05/19

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On Friday 10th May 2019, the massive Japanese band ONE OK ROCK – arrived in London. It was only the second date on their EU leg, of the Eye Of The Storm World Tour and they performed at none other than London’s renowned Roundhouse. The band put on a night to remember, supported by British pop outfit, Anteros.


Anteros

The band took to the stage with their vibrant personas and glitzy 80s synths, further reinforced by lead singer, Laura Hayden’s sparkly red dress. This band are a wonderful blend of indie, pop and new wave – think Blondie meets modern-day contemporary pop; along a similar vein to Fickle Friends. There are certain punk-like trends to Hayden’s stage presence, with her almost “don’t-give-a-damn” flounces around the stage, equally met with gusto – it’s quite mesmerising. The music is good and their energy was captivating to watch.

Highlight: The high-energy end to the band’s set made for a chaotic last impression, certain to leave people wanting more.


ONE OK ROCK

The band have only played in the UK a couple of handfuls of times but it was clear from their loyal fan base, just how much their performances are looked forward too, with a queue that lined up all round the streets, prior to the show.

As ONE OK ROCK took to the stage, the crowd whipped themselves up into a frenzy as the Japanese band launched into their opening track, ‘Push Back’. This was a set that despite the relatively small stage in comparison, felt just like an arena show…complete with pyros!

The set was teeming with a few older hits, plus a whole bunch of songs from their latest record, Eye Of The Storm (<— review here) – all of which had the crowd singing at the top of their lungs! Their energy was truly infectious from start to finish.

I was particularly impressed by Taka’s live vocals – so often you can hear little flaws in a singer’s voice when they’re performing live, but the power and effort he put into his performance was virtually flawless…even if he did keep fiddling with his in-ear throughout the show.

The quartet know just how to put on a show though; from Taka’s ability to capture the crowd by holding a particular stance and Toru’s rocking out with his guitar to Ryota’s powerful bass moves and Tomoya’s face poking up over the drums, as he beats away at them effortlessly – this is a band that you need to see live. It’s clear that they have spent a long time practising and perfecting their set – there isn’t too much between-song banter, but instead just packing in the songs, to give the audience a great time.

It was my first time seeing the band live and I had an amazing time – it’s so often that the UK send great bands and artists over to Japan to perform but it’s great to see a Japanese band coming over to the UK for a change! I strongly recommend catching this band live, the next time they make a rare appearance in the UK – you won’t be sorry, I promise!

Highlights:

  • Taka’s effortless vocals and stage presence alone, made the show thrilling to watch.
  • Having not heard too much of the band’s back catalogue, it was great to hear a lot of tracks from their most recent album, Eye Of The Storm.
  • There was an instrumental break during which Taka left the rest of the band to rock out on stage, demonstrating just how talented these musicians are – it was nice to see him let some of the other’s in the band have some of the limelight for a while, particularly a little drum solo from Tomoya.
  • The sheer polished-precision with which the band delivered their set, showed just how much rehearsing must have gone in to perfecting their live shows.
  • The loyalty of the crowd, singing back every word of every song, showed just how far-reaching their fan-base is.
  • PYROS! Pyrotechnics just make a show even better! It was great because they weren’t overused, just boosted a couple of songs when you least expected it.

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 Setlist

Push Back
We Are
Taking Off
Unforgettable
Clock Strikes
Head High
Take What You Want
Stand Out Fit In*
(Instrumental)
Giants
I Was King
Change*
The Beginning
Jaded
Mighty Long Fall

Encore
Wasted Nights

These songs can be viewed in the YouTube playlist, below.


Finally, I want to say an absolutely HUGE thanks to Robbie Peacock for enabling this review to happen and to both ONE OK ROCK and Anteros for putting on a fantastic show.


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#JustAnnounced: Matoma UK Tour Dates

Matoma has just revealed his awesome, new, live video for ‘All Night’ featuring The Vamps.


…plus he’s also announed a huge World Tour, for Spring 2017
PARTY AT YOUR PLACE!
Be sure to check it out when his tour hits the UK in February 2017!


Press Release:
After a mammoth U.S. tour and DJ sets at key festivals such as Coachella, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza and Electric Zoo, Matoma can now announce the biggest headline tour of his career to date. Taking in shows across both North America and Europe, Matoma’s ‘Party At Your Place! World Tour’ kicks off in Costa Mesa, California and will conclude with two homecoming shows in Oslo, Norway. To celebrate the announcement Matoma drops an awesome live video diary from his recent massive bus tour of the US, check it HERE.
Matoma recently released ‘False Alarm’ (with Becky Hill), his latest and biggest track (69 million Spotify streams) to be added to his innovative ‘Hakuna Matoma’ album project. It demonstrates Matoma’s ability to reach beyond the confines of tropical house with elements of urban, dance, pop and Caribbean sounds within its palette. ‘Hakuna Matoma’ continues to go from strength-to-strength as it expands and evolves over time on streaming media platforms.
Matoma recently refreshed the groundbreaking playlist-meets-album concept by adapting it to become the ‘Hakuna Matoma – Midnight Edition’. Leading with ‘All Night’ – a collaboration with The Vamps that has attracted over 3 million streams a week since its release – the ‘Midnight Edition’ features collabs and remixes with artists including Coldplay, Jason Derulo, Akon, Popcaan, Wale, Sean Paul, Nico & Vinz, Becky Hill and Dua Lipa.
In the past two years, Matoma has amassed well over half a billion streams. With 8 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone, he ranks higher than long established heavyweights such as Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg and U2. His biggest tracks include ‘Old Thing Back’ with Notorious B.I.G. (215million combined streams across Spotify, YouTube and SoundCloud), ‘Try Me’ (126million streams) and ‘Running Out’ (124million streams).
Needless to say, we’re stoked about Matoma‘s upcoming UK dates in 2017 and are really hoping to catch him somewhere along the way! Please share this post and your love for this talented guy!