Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Sundara Karma are well-known for making vast ripples through the alternative music scene. After teasing their fans for moths with the release of singles such as ‘Illusions’ and ‘Little Smart Houses’, people were elated when Ulfilas’ Alphabet hit the scene. Their second album has shaken their quirky image and Sundara Karma did not disappoint on tour.
Hit the North being the hub of the north-east’s festival season – alongside Liverpool Sound City – there couldn’t have been a better start for the festival weekend. I have to say, Newcastle’s O2 Academy is definitely the most architecturally interesting I have been to. With a high aesthetically pleasing roof and no restricted view from every corner of the room, Sundara Karma were given the platform they have deserved for years. A seventies inspired set with the theme following on from the ‘Little Smart Houses’ music video, large fabric chandeliers hung from the stage’s ceiling. Mixing the set with tracks from their first ep such as ‘Loveblood’, they managed to worm new stuff in without it being out of place. Crowds actually hung around during these parts of the set waiting on what hit would be on next. Thus, one must credit the structure of this show as it was a tactical approach to such a waited reveal of new music.
Warming up the crowd for an exciting weekend to come, Sundara Karma crushed it. This gig would’ve been my fifth time seeing the boys, and they never fail to disappoint. I always look forward to what Oscar will be wearing, yet I feel like the only thing that has changed is my age over the years. I shall one hundred percent be indoctrinating my kids with these alt pop bangers.