The line leading up to Bristol’s O2 Academy stretched far into the distance on the bitter Tuesday evening but with the healthy indie pop scene thriving in the English city, it was no wonder that Oh Wonder would travel through to sell out the well-known venue on their ‘Ultralife World Tour’.
Opening the evening was the quirky Norwegian singer Sigrid and her backing band. This particular musician has the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face the moment she steps out on stage. Rocking a Bjork style and certainly not afraid to pull a few faces or have fun while she performs, the ‘full of life’ artist played a number of her uplifting pop songs including “Plot Twist”, “Don’t Kill My Vibe” and an intimate “Dynamite” version accompanied by piano. Concluding with a thank you to the audience, Sigrid proved to be an absolute hit in the packed out setting.
Josephine Vander Gucht walked out under cover of darkness, eventually illuminated by the bands stellar light production and showing off her tassled top before Anthony West joined her as the pair and their band kicked straight in to “Dazzle”. The interesting disjointed rhythm of the opening song was an appealing start to the show, bringing in a great attitude to boost the atmosphere even further as the lightshow bled bright colours over the crowd.
A handful of their hits including “Without You” and “Lifetimes” were followed by intermittent screams of excitement as the duo embraced their pure harmonies. Their lively presence, dancing away with their instruments every chance they found, was also pleasantly unexpected (assuming that their focus would be strictly on standing still and concentrating) and gave their audience more of an excuse to exercise their own dance moves while listening to the blend of indie pop and electropop.
Josephine connected with the crowd the moment she mentioned that she attended university in Bristol, essentially her home away from home before delving back into their catalogue. Bouncing between the comforting lyrics of “Landslide” and the shoulder shuffling rhythm of “Heavy”, the tone of the show continued to soar and with an excellent conclusion of “Ultralife” and “Drive” as an encore.
Oh Wonder will be touring Europe and Russia for the remainder of November and December.