Tunbridge Wells duo Slaves have just announced a whole new host of tour dates that’ll see them hitting the road in November and December. It’s guaranteed to be a hell of a ride – their gigs are always full of sweaty and rowdy chaos and that doesn’t look set to change as they bring a fresh batch of songs from second album ‘Take Control’ into their set. Check out these awesome shots from their live shows so far and get ready to snap up those tickets via O2 Priority’s pre-sale tomorrow (August 17).
Slaves might be ultra protective of their audiences, speaking out against sexual harassment at gigs, but their instruments? Not so much. Guitarist Laurie Vincent gives one of his six-strings a good old fling to the tech waiting in the wings. Here’s hoping they caught it.
The Tunbridge Wells duo are very into getting up close and personal with their fans, so much so you’ll usually end up with singer and drummer Isaac Holman flying over you at some point, whether they’re playing a tiny bar or massive festival tent.
A rare tops-on moment captured here at Latitude back in 2014. If you put as much energy into half an hour of your day as Slaves do, you’d need to whip your shirt off too.
In the past, the band have signalled the start of their song ‘Feed The Mantaray’ by ushering one of their crew into the crowd dressed as the titular sea creature. They’ve since retired that act, but it’s a shining example of both how unpredictable and up for a laugh they are.
Here we have an attempt at the double crowdsurf, featuring some lucky (or unlucky, if you’re not a fan of being squashed by your favourite band) fans in Leeds. It doesn’t look like they quite managed to pull it off here, but at least they tried.
Life as a Slaves fan is never boring, even when your faves are taking a mid-set breather. Laurie gets ready to lob his bandmate’s top into the crowd for someone to collect as a very sweaty, smelly trophy.
Isaac can try to escape the madness of the pit as much as he wants, but there’s no way Slaves’ fans – some of the most passionate and excitable audiences around – are letting him go that easily.
It’s not just Isaac who you could be pressing skin with at a Slaves gig. Laurie is also known to dive into the middle, when he’s not busy knocking out those killer riffs.
Look at the grimace on Laurie’s face – the look of a man putting everything he has into furious but fun punk songs that always make the crowd of him lose their minds.
Then comes sheer triumph when the show’s over. Another crowd conquered, another night of chaotic fun had by all and another reason to wish away time until the next Slaves gig comes around.