I arrived at Rock City buzzing for the gig; the huge queue that snaked round the side of the building waiting for the doors to open seemed to be too. The thick fog that we were all standing in didn’t dampen our moods (if anything, for me it added to the suspense)! Their support, Matt Maltese, are the most laid back band I’ve heard in a while. They’re the type of band I could sit with a cup of tea and play on loop all Sunday long. Their most known song, “as the world caves in”, that got quite viral on ‘TikTok’, had everyone swaying and singing along. The amount of emotion that managed to be crammed into that one melody was insane, and I could feel myself becoming mesmerised by the artists on stage – truly hypnotic.
Now, I’ll confess that I haven’t been into Wolf Alice for long compared to some other people in Rock City. Two of my close friends are what you could call ‘die-hard fans’, and have been since before I could remember. So, I thought it was about time and only natural that I gave them a go and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the first song and just knew I had to be at the front row at their 2K cap gig – my friend’s mild obsession was extremely justified. as we waited for them, people kept checking the time in anticipation to see when the band was coming out. Bang on time they emerged onto the stage and the crowd erupted into cheers.
Every song they performed was impeccable, their stage presence was immaculate, the visuals were astounding; it was just mint. All their movements were engaging and fascinating to watch. Their front woman, Ellie Rowsell, was just (for a lack of a better word) super cool. I couldn’t help thinking how she could be the perfect role model on stage to so many young girls who are struggling and trying to get somewhere in the music industry. She captivated the audience in the slow songs and encouraged them to dance in the upbeat ones. Everywhere you looked on stage there was always something to watch. This was because each band member had insanely good stage presence and bounced off of the audience incredibly. They all gave 110% and gave us an incredible performance.
It’s safe to say that the next time they’re in Notts, or somewhere in the vicinity, I will be first in line and back at the barrier without a second thought. Thanks for a great night and a great show Wolf Alice.