By Natalie Greener
I was finally a witness to one of the most iconic indie bands of the last ten years. Wolf Alice dominated Rock City with a sound that some only here in their most euphoric dreams. Selling out the venue to 2,040 fanatical listeners, the night almost felt like a religious ceremony – worshipping the Goddess that was Ellie Rowsell and the Gods being Joel Amey, Joff Oddie and Theo Ellis.
Since they emerged in 2010, Wolf Alice have been one of the most successful and rousing bands of this generation. It was no surprise that Rock City tickets sold out in such a short time. Furthering the pain of many Wolf Alice fans, the tickets were practically untouchable on the deep dark web, making it an event only few were lucky to attend. So many people wanted in on seeing the Wolf Alice phenomena in Nottingham – who seem to be striving after seven years.
First up was one of my bands-to-watch for 2018. Sunflower Bean have such a chill, cool and powerful aesthetic, one could watch them on stage for hours. The most mesmerising aspect of the band was their image. Put this alongside the sleek sounds, you have one hell of a powerhouse for shows and a fanbase. It was a wonderful night for me, a woman in the industry. Every band on the stage in Rock City had female performers paving the way for the next generation.
The second supporting band was Superfood. Taking the alternative scene by storm, this band has become a favourite for infamous brands such as NME. Playing Bodega in the october of 2017, Nottingham has truly warmed to Superfood’s groovy take on brit-pop sounds since the release of their first album – Don’t Say That – back in 2014. Developing their sound coupled with a conscientious attitude to their music, Bambino’s release in 2017 was undoubtedly and unsurprisingly successful. Superfood should be playing Rock City again very soon – maybe their own headline tour?
Many talk of the sound Wolf Alice achieve in live shows. At first, I wasn’t a believer. In hindsight, I was too quick to judge. Being my cynical self, I didn’t expect much – and I got that, but in a way I certainly was not expecting. Not many bands can stand there for an hour or so and just dominate everyone and everything in their sights without a mindblowing stunt or startling costume. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good performance. However looking around the venue, it was clear to see that Wolf Alice didn’t need to pull any shocking acts to feed their egos. The crowd were totally in awe and totally in love the entire set. No funny business. They were the poster boys/girl for what music should stand for. And I was very relieved about that.
Images by Izzie Berkeley-Shier