By Natalie Greener
A lot of controversy surrounded the Nothing But Thieves Tour. As a female music journalist, I can understand why. Following allegations made by fans, I couldn’t help myself but look at the other side of the band and wonder what the positive hype was like. I needed to see them live for myself. They must have a loyal audience if they can carry on their vigorous tour with such a dark cloud hanging over their heads. I’m not here to make a comment on the situation with the band and the stigma attached to them in the media. I am only here to make a judgement on their music – and truthfully, they beat my expectations.
One of my favourite alternative rock bands were supporting Nothing But Thieves. Superfood revved the crowd up ready for the stars of the night to take to their spotlight. Playing a sold out gig at Bodega a few weeks before, Nottingham has become a huge platform for the diverse group. Seriously, they strive to be the best performers many bands wish to be.
Nothing But Thieves are one of those bands that get around through word of mouth. I could never put a face to them but I always knew who they were and could recite a melodic tune that would spread through my social groups quicker than any other alternative rock band I have come across recently. Rock City, despite the backlash, opened their doors up to those enthusiasts ready to give it their all. As an outsider to the Nothing But Thieves cult, it was surprising to see two thousand or so young people turn up, unfased and pumped for the gig. Their set was surprisingly mind blowing. Energetic and a hyped noise, the band really took to the atmosphere.
With a set including a mix of old and new, the boys pulled off one of the best gigs this month. In such a harsh time for the lads, I have to give credit to them and the crowd.
Images by Izzie Berkeley-Shier